Following the presidential assent to the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Establishment Bill in 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Vincent Isegbe as the pioneer Director General of the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS).
A statement issued by the Head, Media Communications and Strategies of the Agency, Dr Gozie Nwodo, noted that NAQS, became a full-fledged agency of government in January this year.
According to him, the appointment takes effect from 13th December, 2018 for an initial period of five (5) years.
The statement reads: “As the pioneer DG of the Agency, Dr. Isegbe will be responsible for institutionalizing the administrative and management structures requisite for operationalising the paramilitary status of the agency”, it stated.
“ Dr Isegbe who until this appointment was the Coordinating Director of NAQS, launched the Export Improvement Initiative, a backward integration intervention designed to increase the volume of export in customary Nigerian agricultural commodities and emerging commodities such as sesame, soya bean, cinnamon, pigeon pea, sugar cane, honey and snail.
“ As part of the Initiative, Nigeria exported 1,983 containers of hibiscus (zobo) flower to Mexico within the first nine months of 2017
and earned US$35 million as a result.
“Under his leadership, NAQS recently finessed a deal that won Nigeria an export order for US$100 billion worth of pigeon pea from India. He
is passionate about expanding the frontiers of export market for Nigerian agricultural products. He has also demonstrated commitment to
enhancing the contribution of NAQS to the diversification of the
“NAQS was recently ranked the 2nd most improved MDA in Nigeria in the 2018 ranking on efficiency in the Ease of Doing Business Report
authored by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC),” it added.