NPA insists only 7 Agencies of Govt to operate within Nigeria’s ports

Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman

The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has reiterated its resolve to enforce the Presidential Executive Order concerning the 24-hour operations at the nation’s Seaports.

The directive had among others stated that the only seven agencies of government permitted to operate within the ports  are the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Ports Health, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Department of State Security (DSS).

The NPA in a statement said: “We wish to categorically state that the Federal Government had earlier in 2011 streamlined the operations of the agencies at the ports with the view to ensuring swift customer service delivery in the area of efficient clearance of cargoes.

“In this regard therefore, the Management of the NPA wishes to unequivocally state that any other agency that has not been listed as in the above in line with this Presidential Order should henceforth vacate operating from within the premises of the nation’s seaports, and when required, these other agencies would be notified accordingly.

“The Management of the NPA therefore solicits for strict compliance from all Agencies and Stakeholders concerning this directive.

“Furthermore, the Management of the NPA herewith assures the entire port community of its continued strives to ensure greater operational efficiency at the nation’s ports.”