NPA to allow food vendors back into Lagos Port

The Ports Manager, Lagos Port Complex (LPC) Mr Nasir Mohammed said food vendors would be allowed back into the port after a dislodgement exercise to rid the premises of unwanted businesses. 

Mohammed,who disclosed this in an interview  on Wednesday in Lagos, said the decision was to make life more comfortably for port users and workers.
He said this followed a meeting with officials of customs, police and other service providers at the port who requested that few food vendors be allowed back.
According to him, a committee has been set up to decide the choice of food canteen operators that will be allowed back.
He also disclosed that the Health and Safety department would be a part of the exercise to ensure proper adherence to food safety regulations.
The Manager said the food canteen operators would,however, be required to pay a levy because they will use the NPA’s amenities like electricity, water and waste disposal facilities.
“The few of the food business owners, who will now operate inside the port after the dislodgement of squatters from the port, will have to pay some money to the NPA.
“This is simply because they make use of electricity, water and waste disposal services provided by the NPA.
“They are here for business and should be able to part with the little they will be required to pay,” Mohammed said.
It would be recalled that that the LPC had embarked on a cleaning exercise of the port, to send away operators of small businesses such as food vending, without proper authorization by the NPA.

It, however, agreed after a meeting with some government agencies like the Police and the Nigeria Customs Service, that some of the food canteen operators could remain in the port, but with proper authorisation.