Everyone doing business in the Nigeria should be on their best now and learn how to respect the rule of laws in the country because it’s no longer business as usual, especially the corporate organizations. Nigeria is currently in the season of fire and period of restoration.
After the October 26th news in which the Johannesburg telecom giant, MTN was shaken with a whooping sum of $5.2 billion fine for failing to meet a deadline to disconnect over 5 million unregistered subscribers by NCC, it is now the turn of Guinness Nigeria to pay within two weeks, the sum of One Billion naira fine for re-validating expired products and exposing the raw materials used in their factory to rodents.
Here Is The Press Release Made Public By NAFDAC
“In view of the above, you are further required to take the following actions: disclosure of all your warehouses in the country and submission of inventory level of the stock thereof; submit a written voluntary consent of forfeiture for destruction of the expired and re validated raw materials discovered in your warehouse; and submit a notarized undertaking to comply with all the guidelines, rules, regulations and enactments of the agency, and to refrain from any future violations.”
With just 2 weeks to pay the fine as demanded by the NAFDAC in their letter, Guinness didn’t waste any time to respond in a statement….
“The management of Guinness Nigeria does not fully understand the basis for the computation of the administrative charges nor the particular regulations alleged to have been infringed, and is currently in discussions with NAFDAC with a view to gaining better clarity on the issue and hopefully have it resolved,” the statement began.
“Guinness Nigeria has operated in Nigeria for over 65 years and has conducted its business in accordance with all relevant laws and regulations in Nigeria and Diageo’s global policies and procedures relating to good manufacturing practice.” The statement continues, “Guinness Nigeria is cognizant of its responsibility to adhere to relevant laws and regulations, which are applicable to its operations, including regulations issued by NAFDAC, and takes this obligation seriously.”
“We remain committed to working with NAFDAC and other regulatory authorities in furtherance of our responsibility to produce and market quality products, which are enjoyed by consumers throughout Nigeria, and look forward to being able to resolve the issue working in partnership with NAFDAC.”