The Permanent Secretary, Federal of Agricultural and Rural Development, Dr. Abdulkadir Mu’azu has reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment towards implementing the National Fertilizer Quality Control (NFQC) Act 2019 by ensuring that fertilizer regulatory system is in place. The initiative would increase agricultural productivity for national food security.
Speaking during the Operationalization of the National Fertilizer Quality Control (NFQC) Act, 2019 meeting held at Reiz Continental Hotel, Abuja on Tuesday evening, Dr. Abdulkadir Mu’azu stated that the policy would safeguard the interest of the farmers against nutrient deficiencies, adulteration, misleading claims, short weight.
Dr. Mu’azu noted that ‘’it will also safeguard interests of fertilizers enterprises , thereby creating part of the enabling environment for private sector investment in the fertilizer industry and protect the environment against potential dangers that may result from the use of harmful substances in fertilizer’.
He informed that ‘’ the ministry has however been unrelenting in the bid to set in motion the enforcement of the Fertilizer Act and accordingly develop regulations for its implementation which has been forwarded to the Federal Ministry of Justice for review by legal draftsmen and subsequent gazetting’’.
The Permanent Secretary added that ‘’ in the implementing regulations are the steps, processes, procedures and guideline for effective enforcement of the NFQC Act’’.
He stated that ‘’ the ministry has listed the services /activities necessary for the enforcement of the Act and is, therefore, proposing fees, tariffs and charges that will be prescribed for the various services to be rendered for consideration and adoption’’.
He further said that ‘’ this meeting is being convened to enable us holistically examine the proposed charges /fees. In our deliberations, the above key objectives must be put into utmost consideration and none of it should be compromised’’.
In his presentation on key areas of the NFQC Act and the regulations, Prof. Yemi Akinseye – George (SAN), said that ‘’ the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders of the fertilizers industry have taken the bull by the horn by enacting a robust legal framework for quality control in the country’’.
Prof. Akinseye – George urged that ‘’ all hands must be on deck to ensure full implementation of the National Fertilizer Quality Control Act 2019’’.
In his introductory remark, Director, Department of Farm Inputs Support Services in the Ministry, Engr. Tunde Bello stated that ‘’ the meeting will address the critical issues relating to the operationalization of the NFQC Act 2019 , particularly issue of charges and the regulation of the manufacture, importation, distribution, sales and quality of fertilizers in Nigeria’’