From Anthony Nwachukwu, Lagos
Following a directive by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) to ensure strict compliance with the October 26, 2011 directive on streamlined federal agencies in the ports, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has reiterated that only eight of them are so authorised.
A statement by the NPA General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Mr. Abdullahi Goje, listed the agencies to be physically represented at the ports to include the NPA, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Others are the Nigeria Police, Department of State Security (DSS), Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Port Health and the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
It directed any other agency not listed above to remain outside the port premises as the NCS, which is the lead inspector of cargoes, has developed standard operating procedures to facilitate their seamless operation.
The NPA further assured of its commitment to enhancing ease of doing business in the country and improvement of conditions and environment of business in all ports across the country.
It called for the support of all maritime agencies and stakeholders in making Nigeria a destination of choice for all legitimate businesses.