Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman, has
disclosed that some government agencies have failed to comply with the Presidential
Order on the Ease of Doing Business at the seaports.
Bala Usman thereby wants the intervention of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi
Osinbajo, to address the issue.
office of the Vice President oversees the Presidential Enabling Business
Environment Council (PEBEC) which issued the presidential order.
order specially streamlined the activities of all agencies in the nation’s
seaports to achieve the 24 hours cargo clearance.
reaction of the NPA Managing Director is coming in the wake of complaints by
some stakeholders that the level of compliance to the Presidential Order by
some government agencies, one year after the order was issued has left much to
a delegation of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agent (ANLCA)
leadership in her office recently, Ms Bala Usman said that the way some government agents flouted
the order had limited its positive impact and that the Federal Government
should know those flouting the rules.
Managing Director who was responding to ANLCA leadership complaints of some
operational difficulties and encumbrances at the ports, explained that it was
regrettable that some agencies had yet to fully comply with the order.
assuring that the Authority would continue to fulfill its own part of the order
she lamented that the organisation had the limitation of compelling other
agencies to do what they are supposed to do under the presidential directives.
said: “NPA is implementing its own part of the order. We cannot compel the other agencies to do
what they are supposed to do”, adding that aggrieved stakeholders should also
inform the appropriate authorities of defaulting government agencies.
the complaint by ANCLA on the activities of the Marine Police Command, the
Managing Director who also frowned at the report of incessant ease of multiple
checks by even after existing the ports, said she would report the matter to
the Inspector General of Police for necessary action, in view of the alleged
cases of extortion.
National Vice President ANCLA, Dr. Kayode Farinto had told the Managing
Director the need to intervene to ensure that officials of the Nigerian
Agricultural Quarantine are prevented from entering the ports and also appealed
that NPA should ensure that the newly constructed temporary Truck Park at Tin
Can Island Port (TCIP) be put to immediate proper use.