NPA gives NAFDAC, SON 24-hour ultimatum to vacate seaports

NPA gives NAFDAC, SON 24-hour ultimatum to vacate seaports

- The Nigerian Ports Authority has given a 24-hour ultimatum to officials of unauthorised government agencies to vacate the seaports or risk being arrested

- The general manager, corporate and strategic communications of NPA Abdullahi Goje has confirmed the ultimatum

- Goje said the company remains committed to the determination of the President Buhari's administration to enhance the ease of doing business in the country

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has given a 24-hour ultimatum to some agencies include National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), among others to vacate the seaports or risk being arrested.

Daily Trust reports that the directive is in line with a new order issued to NPA by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC).

PEBEC directed NPA to ensure strict compliance to the October 26, 2011, presidential directive on agencies permitted to operate in the ports.

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The general manager, corporate and strategic communications of NPA Abdullahi Goje in a statement said the agencies allowed representation at the ports were: Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); Nigerian Customs Service (NCS); Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Nigeria Police; Department of State Security (DSS); Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Port Health and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) should remain at the ports.

The directive stated that other agencies not mentioned in the list should remain outside the ports premises as the Nigerian Customs Service, which is the lead agency for inspection of cargoes, had developed standard operating procedures to facilitate their seamless operation.

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Goje said: ''The NPA remains committed to the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to enhance the ease of doing business in the country and the improvement of conditions under which business is carried out in all ports across the country.

''The NPA solicits for the kind support of all agencies and stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime sector towards actualising the noble goal of making Nigeria a destination of choice for all legitimate businesses.''

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority ( NPA ) Hadiza Bala Usman on Wednesday, February 7, announced that NPA started the exportation of agricultural products.

Usman said the exportation is through the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal as part of measures to decongest the Lagos sea ports and boost the economy.

She said the movement of export cargoes from Ikorudu terminal to Apapa sea ports would enable Nigerians to maximize the facilities at the moribund terminal.

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Source: Naija.ng

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