The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has insisted that only 8 agencies of government are domiciled at Port Locations.
In a press statement sent to Platform Reporters over the weekend, the Authority maintained that as part of efforts to improve efficiency in port operations, the Vice President and chairman of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has directed the Nigerian Ports Authority to ensure that only eight federal government agencies are allowed to operate and have physical representation at all port locations in the country.
According to the directive, agencies allowed representation at the ports are:
- Nigerian Customs Service (NCS);
- Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA);
- Nigeria Police Force;
- National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control(NAFDAC);
- Department of State Security (DSS);
- Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA);
- Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and
- Port Health.
Agencies not mentioned in the list above should, according to the directive, vacate the ports premises and carry out their regulatory functions from outside the port locations.
The NPA remains committed to the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to enhance ease of doing business and improve conditions under which business is carried out in all ports locations across the country.
The Authority solicits for the kind support of all agencies and stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime sector towards actualising the noble goal of making Nigeria the preferred hub for West and Central Africa.