The Federal Government has ordered the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) back to the nation’s seaports following the increase in importation of Tramadol which had since been banned by the government.
Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo last week in Abuja, gave the order with a view to checkmating importation of illicit and contraband drugs into the country and as well promoting ease of doing business in the ports.
Acting on the order, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) as the landlord listed the names of the eight approved government agencies that should be allowed to operate in all port locations in the country thus: 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.
‘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 Authorityto ensure that only eight federal government agencies are allowed to operate and have physical representation at all port locations in the country,’ said NPA.
It, however, said that 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 organisation solicited the 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.