The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said that agencies not approved by the federal government should stay away from the port as government directed it to ensure that only the agencies approved were allowed to operate in the ports.
The agencies are 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 Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The Federal Government had in October 26, 2011 issued a directive restricting some agencies including Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to leave the ports.
Other agencies not mentioned in the list above should remain outside the port premises as the Nigeria Customs Service, which is the lead agency for inspection of cargoes, has developed standard operating procedures to facilitate their seamless operation.
However, the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) had directed NPA to comply with the directive and ensure strict compliance.
NPA therefore stated that only eight federal government agencies are allowed to operate and have physical representation at all port locations in the country.
The organisation said it remained 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 Authority 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.