NPA Begins Electronic Truck Call-Up System

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has announced the commencement of Electronic Truck, Eto Call-Up System as part of efforts to address the road traffic challenge on ports access roads especially at Apapa.

The measure which is viewed as a timely development is believed will bring lastimg solution to the problem of truck congestion around Apapa ports and its environs.

A statement issued Friday by Assistant General Manager, Corporate &Strategic Communications, Ibrahim S. Nasiru, NPA explained that the system is designed for the management of truck movement and access to and from the Lagos Ports Complex and the Tin Can Island Ports, Apapa, Lagos State.

” The Authority is pleased to announce the commencement of the Electronic Truck call-up system, designed for the management of truck movement and access to and from the Lagos Ports Complex and the Tin Can Island Ports, Apapa, Lagos.

“All trucks doing business at the ports will be required to park at the approved truck parks until they are called up into the port through the Eto app.

“The Eto app will be responsible for the scheduling, entry and exit of all trucks into the ports with effect from February 27.

“Therefore, all transporters, trucks owners and truck drivers will be required to download the Eto App from Google play store or sign up at http://eto.ttp.com.ng before the commencement date to enable them register accordingly.

“In addition to this, cargo owners should please note that empty containers can only be returned to the ports through the approved holding bays of shipping companies using the Eto Platform. It is the responsibility of the shipping company to move empty containers from their holding bay to the Port. All cargo owners have to do is drop their empty containers at the holding bay of the shipping company. The shipping company will then make the necessary bookings on the Eto platform to return empty containers to the Port.

“The management of the NPA solicits the cooperation of transporters, truck drivers, cargo owners, clearing agents shipping companies and all port users in the implementation of the project, which will bring order and sanity to the ports access roads.

“Non-compliance to the use of Eto and its guidelines will result in denial of access into the Ports, impounding of trucks and withdrawal of registration/operating license“, the statement said.

MAJAN Applauds Reappointment Of Hadiza Usman As NPA MD.

The Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN has applauded the reappointment of Hadiza Bala Usman as the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), for a second term of five years.

President of the association Comrade Ray Ugochukwu, a seasoned Journalists and Editor-in-chief of the Powerful Pen Newspaper who gave the commendation described her reappointment as an honour well deserved.

According to him, “Her reappointment will ensure continuity in policies implementation geared towards development of the port industry in Nigeria.

He pointed to the perennial traffic gridlock on ports access roads as one of the major tasks before Hadiza as she mounts the saddle for a second term in office as NPA Managing Director.

Speaking further, the MAJAN President called on port users and relevant stakeholders in the maritime industry to support NPA in ensuring that the port industry is well re-positioned for greater productivity.

He advised, “As a regulatory Agency in the maritime industry, NPA is saddled with enormous tasks and stakeholders must work in synergy with the Authority to move the industry forward” .

Kyari Mourns Festus Marinho, Pioneer MD of NNPC, Eulogizes His Achievements

Festus Marinho, Pioneer MD, NNPC
Festus Marinho, Pioneer MD, NNPC
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, has lamented the death of the pioneer Managing Director of the Corporation, Chief Festus Remi Ayodele Marinho, while commending his numerous achievements.

A sratement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, s that Chief Marinho, who passed away Tuesday, was the first and only Managing Director of the defunct Nigerian National Oil Corporation (NNOC) – the forerunner of NNPC – and the only one who served twice as Group Managing Director of NNPC having served from 1977-1979 and 1984-1985 respectively. His last appointment was made by President Muhammadu Buhari as Head of State.
In a condolence message to the family of the late NNPC boss, Mallam Kyari described Chief Marinho as “the Father of Oil & Gas Industry in Nigeria” because of the pioneering roles he played in the crafting of the institutional framework, infrastructural development and international best practices being used in the Corporation till date.
“His role in refinery and pipeline construction and human capacity development are all testimonies of his contribution to national development,” Mallam Kyari stated.
He said Chief Marinho’s visionary leadership provided the foundation for what has come to be known as “Nigerian content”, adding that his achievements in the Corporation would be a beacon and inspiration for many future generations of staff and leaders.
“He was indeed a rare gem and we will surely miss his wisdom and wealth of experience,” the GMD stated.

Apapa Gridlock: Stakeholders Want NSC, NPA To Gear-up

 

Chairman, TinCan Port Chapter, NCMCLA, tAlhaji Isa kazeem, Special Guest of Honour, flanked by Secretary, NCMDCLA and President MAJAN, Ray Ugochukwu :
Chairman, TinCan Port Chapter, NCMCLA, tAlhaji Isa kazeem, Special Guest of Honour, flanked by Secretary, NCMDCLA and President MAJAN, Ray Ugochukwu :
Government agencies in the maritime sector such as the Nigeria Shippers’ Council (NSC) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) must gear-up and wake up to their responsibilities if the problem of Apapa gridlock must be solved.

Stakeholders at the Powerful Pen Media special Congress held in Lagos who insisted that one of the major causes of the Apapa gridlock is the absence of holding bay for empty containers maintained that unless this is addressed, the solution may be farfetched.

Tincan chapter Chairman of the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA), Alh. Kazeem Isa Adua while insisting that the difficulty of access and exit at the ports is one of the reasons why Nigerian ports are the most expensive in the subregion and contribute about 35 percent of the cost of operations, said ” NPA and Shippers Council who are the Federal Government watchdog must monitor the activities of terminal operators in the area to ensure the terminal operators have dumping bays or holding bays as well as put up truck call-up mechanism to ease free flow of traffic within the ports.”

Managing Director, Bontex Nigeria Ltd., Chief Boniface Okoye, in the same vein, noted that the shipping companies are not regulated and that the terminal operators do not listen to anybody and exploit Nigerians without being checked, through container deposits that are often not refunded, reckless demurrage charges and similar other nefarious practices.
Chief Okoye equally faulted the consessioning of the nation’s ports to those who he said lacked the capacity to provide infrastructures or effectively manage the nations ports.
He insisted that the same people who own the shipping companies are the ones who influence policies as well as collude with traffic managers to frustrate agents’ efforts.”

The shipping companies he further noted are not checked, hence they operate with reckless abandon.

He criticised the NSC for failing to regulate what the shippers pay to the shipping companies, but rather approve whatever the shipping companies charge because of pecuniary interest.

Also in an Earlier address Chairman of National Association of Road Transport owners (NARTO), Alh. Abdulahi Inua who called on the relevant authorities to mandate the shipping companies to provide holding bays for empty containers expressed the view that close to 80 per cent the trucks blocking the roads are carrying empty containers.

Gov. Obiano Applauds AYAYA’s Contributions To Ananbra Socio-Economic Dev.

DAZAA DAZAA with one of the scholarship winners and Cornell Anazoba Ekwelum
DAZAA DAZAA with one of the scholarship winners and Cornell Anazoba Ekwelum
The Anambra State Governor,Willie Obiano has applauded the contributions of  AYAYA Carnival Ufuma,Orumba South LGA  for the socio-economic and cultural improvement of the state in the last ten years,saying that the carnival has helped to better the cultural capacity of the people with its entertainment value.

He called on other An amara roans to emulate the achievements of the organisers of the carnival as a way of leaving their foot-marks on the sands of time,maintaining that Anambra needs private contributions to uplift its economy as government can not do everything.

The Governor who was represented by Hon Ifenyinwa Obinabo, the Special Adviser to the Governor  on Public Orientation and Special Duties,stated that his government would continue to do all within its powers to encourage Anambra youths and others in its effort to better the situation on ground in the state. 

Other dignitaries that graced the occasion include the  SA to Governor,Hon Gozie Orji..Diaspora Lord on Culture,majority leader of the House of Assembly Anambra State, Hon, Emeka Aforka and his crew ,Cornell Anazoba Ekwelum, and some Nollywood actors and actresses.

According to a statement from the organisers “AYAYA Carnival Ufuma started in 2010, Powered by Dazaa International. We have witnessed 5 different venues since begining, but in the same town. We have tried AYAYA Carnival night party three times since we began, 2019 marked a new beginning of our Carnival night party .

“We have completed a comprehensive review and studies of showbusines.2020 AYAYA Carnival Ufuma was the beginning of our Talent Hunt Competition on sports, educational activities and international cultural exchange with 9 winners: From Primary and Secondary school students. They are getting 1 year educational Sponsorship (school fees)

“We are Proudly starting an online TV on our Talent Hunt  competition called “SELL Yourself “.We are to promote our Cultures, Traditions and Customs through this programmes 

“Finally, we have started KUDAMM Project, which is our permanent office/headquarters. KUDAMM Project is an International Events,Youths and Cultural Centre with multiple accommodations. We are thankful  for the wonderful support and understandings”from all manner of people over the last 10 years” We remain culturally yours”. 

NNPC Announces $120.49m Crude Oil Receipt in September

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced a total export receipt for crude oil and gas valued at $120.49 million for the month of September 2020.

A press release by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Corporation, Dr. Kennie Obateru, stated that the figure is contained in the September 2020 edition of the NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR).
The $120.49 million crude oil and gas export receipt is a 16.28 per cent improvement on the $100.88 million posted in August 2020.
The report showed that out of the figure, proceeds from crude oil amounted to $85.40 million while gas and miscellaneous receipts stood at $25.31 million and $9.78 million respectively.
The September 2020 MFOR also indicated a trading surplus of ₦28.38 billion slightly lower than the ₦29.60 billion surplus in August 2020.
The marginal reduction in surplus, according to the report, was as a result of lower contribution from the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) which recorded zero crude oil lifting from the Okono Okpoho facility during the month due to ongoing repairs.
However, other NNPC subsidiaries namely the Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL), National Engineering and Technical Company Limited (NETCO), Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC), Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) and NNPC Retail posted impressive trading results recording 268%, 234%, 21%, 422% and 41% trading surpluses respectively over their previous month’s performance.
In the gas sector, a total of 223.82billion cubic feet (bcf) of natural gas was produced in the month under review translating to an average daily production of 7,460.80million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd).
For the period September 2019 to September 2020, a total of 3,039.05bcf of gas was produced representing an average daily production of 7,730.35mmscfd during the period. Period-to-date production from Joint Ventures (JVs), Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) and NPDC contributed about 69.10%, 20.29% and 10.61% respectively to the total national gas production.
Out of the 221.91bcf of gas supplied in September 2020, a total of 140.45bcf was commercialized, consisting of 36.37bcf and 104.08bcf for the domestic and export markets respectively.
This translates to a total supply of 1,212.17mmscfd of gas to the domestic market and 3,469.45mmscfd of gas supplied to the export market for the month.
This implies that 63.29% of the average daily gas produced was commercialized while the balance of 36.71% was re-injected, used as upstream fuel gas or flared. Gas flare rate was 6.66% for the month under review (i.e. 492.93mmscfd compared with average gas flare rate of 5.84% i.e. 439.90 mmscfd for the period of September 2019 to September 2020).
To ensure effective supply and distribution of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) across the country, a total of 0.59bn litres of PMS translating to 19.59mn liters/day was supplied for the month in the downstream sector.
During the period under review, 21 pipeline points were vandalized representing about 43% decrease from the 37 points recorded in August 2020.
Of this figure, Mosimi Area accounted for 90% of the vandalized points, while Port Harcourt Area accounted for the remaining 10%. NNPC, in collaboration with the local communities and other stakeholders, continuously strive to reduce and eventually eliminate this menace.
The 62nd edition of the MFOR highlights NNPC’s activities for the period of September 2019 to September 2020.
In line with the Corporation’s commitment of becoming more accountable, transparent and driven by performance excellence, the Corporation has continued to sustain effective communication with stakeholders through the MFOR and other reports published on its website and in national dailies.

FMDQ Admits Total Nigeria PLC, Valency Agro Nig. Ltd. And Mixta Real  Estate PLC CPs On 2021 Activity kick Off

FMDQ- logo
FMDQ- logo
FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited has Kicked Off activities for year 2021 with the Admission of Total Nigeria PLC, Valency Agro Nig. Ltd. and Mixta Real Estate PLC Commercial Papers (CPs).new year 2021 arrived This move is in line with renewed hopes for the continued development of the Nigerian financial markets as corporates commence with planning towards the achievement of their strategic goals and objectives,
The Nigerian Commercial Paper (“CP”) market, even during the ‘high-points’ of the pandemic last year, continued to provide succour to both private and public institutions and as we begin
the new year. FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited has through innovative
evolution continued to avail its credible and efficient platform as well as tailor its Listings and Quotations
services to suit the needs of issuers and its Registeration Members (sponsors of the issue on FMDQ Exchange).

Following the due diligence process, the Exchange, through its Board Listings and Markets Committee approved the quotation of Total Nigeria PLC ₦2.25 billion Series 1 and ₦12.75 billion Series 2 Commercial Papers under its ₦30.00 billion CP Issuance Programme and the Mixta Real Estate PLC ₦2.00 billion Series 32 Commercial Paper under its ₦20.00 billion CP Issuance Programme, as well as the registration of the Valency Agro Nigeria Limited ₦20.00 billion Commercial Paper Programme, on its platform.

The debut issuance of Total Nigeria PLC (Total Nigeria)’s CP, following a volatile period for the oil and gas
industry as disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates innovation and confidence in the Nigerian debt capital market (DCM) towards supporting the vibrance of this sector and in turn the reactivation of the Nigerian economy. The issue attracted significant demand from a wide range of investors- resulting in a subscription level of over 4 times the initial issue size – a demonstration of investor confidence in the company.
Commenting on the quotation of the Issue, the Managing Director of Total Nigeria, Mr. Imrane Barry,explained that “the Programme was set up to enable the company further broaden its sources of capital by accessing funding from the Nigerian debt capital markets, while also reducing its overall funding costs”.
He thanked investors for supporting the company’s debut Issue and commended the financial advisers, Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited and FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited, for ensuring the success of the Issue despite the challenging environment. Also commenting on the quotation, Tokunbo Aturamu, Head of Debt Capital Markets, Stanbic IBTC Capital expressed his delight that Total Nigeria has joined the growing list of blue-chip corporates who have embraced CP issuances in the Nigerian debt capital markets as a means of funding their working capital requirements. He also thanked the Board and Management of Total Nigeria for the opportunity given to Stanbic IBTC Capital to act as Sole Arranger, as well as Joint Dealer alongside FBNQuest Merchant Bank, to the ₦15.00 billion debut CP issuance under the Programme.
In the same vein., with double-digit inflation rates and soaring food prices compounded by the growing Nigerian population, it has become more imperative to catalyse the country’s agricultural value chain transformation in a bid to drive increased and sustainable production of agricultural products as well as foreign earnings through exports. Valency Agro Nigeria Limited (Valency Agro), is incorporated in Nigeria as a private limited liability company under Valency International Pte Limited (Valency International) – an International commodity trading house with its presence in over 15 countries – deals in the sourcing, production, and trading of Agro and consumer food products. In his remarks, the Managing Director,Valency International Pte Ltd, Mr. Sunil Dhanuka, said “We are glad for the successful registration of Valency Agro’s ₦20.00 billion CP Issuance Programme. We also commend FMDQ for the seamless process despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the various restrictions.
In line with our vision to grow within the agricultural value chain in Nigeria, Valency Agro is committed to ensure the growth of the Agriculture sector through our deep involvement in Cashew, Sesame, Cocoa and other produce. Proceeds from this CP Programme will be used towards meeting the midterm working capital requirements of the various agricultural produce and on value addition prior to export”.
The registration and quotation of these CPs on FMDQ Exchange endorse the evolution of FMDQ Holdings PLC (“FMDQ” or “FMDQ Group”) into a world-class vertically integrated financial market infrastructure group and its strategic role as a market organiser, committed to advancing the growth of the Nigerian
financial market.
FMDQ Group is unwavering in its pursuit of product and market innovation as well as stakeholder engagement, towards making the Nigerian financial market globally competitive, operationally excellent,liquid and diverse, in line with its GOLD Agenda. FMDQ continues to bring about revolutionary changes in
the Nigerian capital market through its exchange, clearing, depository and private markets subsidiaries; providing a seamless process and value-chain for market participants to commence and end their financial market transactions.

ILECCIMA Celebrates NACCIMA@60 With Grants For Micro Businesses In Ijeshaland

ILIECCIMA Awards
ILIECCIMA Awards
Ilesa Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ILECCIMA) is celebrating NACCIMA@60 with Charity Grants to twenty women-led, micro businesses from Ilesa East and West Local Government Areas of Osun State.

ILECCIMA is a member of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) which was established in the year 1960. ILECCIMA is an incorporated Chamber of Commerce, limited by guarantee, and committed to the economic development of its jurisdiction, through advocacy, capacity building, business development linkages, and entrepreneurship in Ijesaland, Osun State and beyond.

In commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Chambers’ Movement in Nigeria, ILECCIMA considered the empowerment of informal businesses at the base of the local economic pyramid as a means of mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals One and Five (Goal 1: Ending poverty in every ramification by 2030) and (Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower women and girls). Furthermore, it is one of the avenues designed by the Chamber to impact the informal sector of businesses in Ijesaland and to reach out to the lowest rung of our economic ladder.
At least 20 female owned micro food production businesses and farm produce trades such as Ogi, Eko, Mama-put food , Moin-moin, Gaari, Plantain chips, Potatoes chips, Confectionaries, Boiled rice and beans, Boiled yam and stew, Vegetable trade, Fruits trade, Palm-Oil and Soap making were selected out of the 60 applications received within a week.
A day seminar on basic business skills was organized for the awardees at Ilesa Business School. Some of the skills learnt were business goal setting, business communication skills, marketing skills, negotiation skill, financial management skills, and networking skills. The participants were also guided to apply for the Federal Government free registration of business names. Also, the beneficiaries were constituted into a Cooperative Society, while an Awards Ceremony to formally present the Grants and Certificate of Training to the beneficiaries was organized on Thursday the 12th of November 2020.
In attendance at the event were Arc Ayo Osunloye (President), Hon Sola Joshua (1st Deputy President), Mrs Oluyemisi Olukanni (2nd Deputy President), Mrs Moji Fapohunda (Asst Treasurer), Mr Demola Tejumola (PRO), Mrs Funmi Olujide (Member), Mr Femi Kazeem (Financial Secretary), and Dr Olu Olujide (Executive Secretary). Beneficiaries were enjoined to use the grants for the purpose for which it was given. The leader of the group, Mrs Riike Akinsete appreciated the support, and officially announced the name of the Cooperative Society as Fulfillment Cooperative Society. She further announced the names of members of her executive committee, Mrs Damilola Adagun (Vice President), Mrs Nifemi Akinloye (General Secretary), Mrs Oluyemi Ibukun (PRO) and Mrs Jelila Kelani (Treasurer).

Customs FOU Zone ‘A’ Recovers N1.8bn Revenue In  Year 2020

Acting Controller YAHAYA
Acting Controller YAHAYA
A total of N1.8 billion has been recovered by the Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’, Lagos of the Nigeria Customs Service between January and December 2020.

The unit which statutorily compliments the Area Commands through interventions as part of its mandate; to patrol, intercept suspected smuggled items and access warehouses suspected to be used by smugglers and duty evaders explained that the said sum has already been paid into the Federation Account of the government.

The lost revenue it further noted was recovered by identifying shortfalls on duty payments and subsequent issuance of demand notices DN; sequel to interceptions and documentary checks.

Acting Controller in charge of the unit, DC Usman Yahaya, in a statement in Lagos, Thursday, said that the unit seized contraband goods with a total duty paid value DPV of N20.89billion. These include 31,129 50kg bags of imported rice, 11,290 cartons of foreign poultry products, 3,562kg of Indian Hemp, 9,801 kegs of 25 litres of vegetable oil, 560 units of used vehicles and 24,612 pieces of used tyres.

The statement signed on his behalf by the Public Relations Officer, Theophilus Duniya reads in part: “As an anti-smuggling unit, we remain resolute to the course of protecting our national security and economy. In remaining uncompromising in the fight against smuggling, duty evasion and other offences that contravene different sections of the extant laws that we have seized these goods within the period under review.”

According to him, no consignment or goods on transit would be unjustifiably delayed as long as there is compliance with the extant guidelines on the procedure for import and export clearance. “We are totally committed to the course of facilitating legitimate trade”.

He attributed this feat to credible information and intelligence gathering and therefore pleaded for timely and credible information from patriotic citizens that would assist the unit carry out its duties diligently.

“While we remain grateful to our esteemed critical stakeholders and patriotic citizens for their unflinching support, we also appeal to traditional rulers, teachers, religious leaders and parents to urge the youths not to allow themselves to be used by economic saboteurs.

“We shall remain determined in enforcing the Federal Government’s fiscal policies, extant regulations and guidelines on import/export; without fear or favour”, he declared.

AfCFTA: Position SON Strategically At Points Of Entry In Our National Interest- MAN Kano Branch Urges FG.

MAN Kano Branch
MAN Kano Branch
The Kano branch of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) is advocating the proper positioning of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) at the Nation’s entry points in preparation for the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). 

National Vice President of MAN, North West Zone, Alhaji Ali Madugu presented this positionl in Kano while receiving the Director General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim during a working visit to the State recently. 

Alhaji Madugu emphasised the need for SON’s quality verification of all imported products including those from West African Countries, even with the rule of origin in the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme. 

According to him, the commencement of the AfCFTA further underscores the need for SON’s presence at the entry points to prevent Nigeria from being turned into a dumping ground of substandard, fake and counterfeited products from other African Countries. 

He acknowledged the need for product authentication as an additional tool to fight faking, adulteration and unfair competition with substandard products in the market and urged SON to look at the best way to implement it without putting genuine manufacturers at disadvantage in terms of cost and the procedure for compliance.

The MAN National Vice President, commended Mallam Salim’s approach to addressing the concerns of about 140-member strong, North West branch of MAN and enumerated issues for his further consideration. 

These according to him include;
–      Decentralisation of SON testing facilities through building of additional Laboratories across the country, including Kano
–      Easier processing of import documents without necessarily visiting SON Headquarters in Abuja
–      Greater protection of local manufacturers’ MANCAP certified products from adulteration and faking of their brands in Nigeria and overseas as well as unfair competition with substandard imports. 

Other members of the North West Branch of MAN Executive Committee called for an upgrade and enlightenment of members on the SON offshore conformity assessment programme (SONCAP) portal, as well as the inspection procedure, sampling and testing relating to the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) for locally manufactured products.

Mallam Farouk Salim in his response said that SON was set up to provide technical assistance and support to genuine local manufacturers as well as protect them from unfair competition from substandard products.  He acknowledged their sacrifices through investment in infrastructure, creation of job opportunities and regular payment of taxes as part of growing the Nation’s wealth and assured them of his commitment and support.

In his words “We need to partner with MAN to protect genuine manufacturers and legitimate importers by sharing intelligence to apprehend and prosecute standards infractions. With adequate consequences for actions, most people will follow the rules”, he said.

He decried the current situation where SON is unable to carry out quality verification of all its regulated imported products at the points of entry nor accost suspected substandard products outside the ports.

Mallam Salim stated that efficient service delivery remains his focus and invited MAN to pull forces together with SON for collective success in the interest of the Nation’s economy and the wellbeing of its people.

The SON Chief Executive asked the MAN and other stakeholders to look forward to seamless and robust deployment of information communication technology to enhance the agency’s delivery of efficient services and an appreciable reduction in turnaround time for standards development, product certification and registration amongst others. 

He invited MAN members to work with SON to further protect their brands through the deployment of a product authentication scheme to empower Consumers at the point of purchase. In his words “We need a symbiotic relationship to succeed without loss of business and relevance.” 

“While I call for genuine partnership with MAN and other Stakeholders, SON would not back down from implementing the law by diligent prosecution of standards infractions”, he concluded.