Presidential Executive Order – NIMASA to work weekends

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has commenced a 24 hour turnaround time, including weekends, for analyzing cargo manifests and issuing Debit Notes to Shipping Agents, to accomplish the Presidential Directives on the resumption of 24 hours port operations in Lagos ports.
Work hours have been extended for some staff of the Agency in the Shipping Development Department.
Due to the changes, the overall performance of ports operations have been reduced by the dwell time of vessels calling the Lagos ports while increasing efficiency of the entire system.
The Director General of The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside observed that the long dwell time of vessels calling that the Lagos Ports was interrupting trade instead of making trade easier.
He said, “The Executive Order signed by the Acting President for resumption of 24 hour port operations is aimed at improving efficiency and facilitating trade in Lagos Ports. As a responsible Agency, we are committed to implementing this directives and if it means extending work hours or even instituting a shift system, we will”.
Dr. Dakuku Peterside noted that the new approach to analysing manifests and issuing Debit Notes will be constantly monitored and evaluated to ensure its effectiveness while automation of the entire process is receiving priority attention.
Already, dwell time of vessels at the ports which were previously attributed to delays in issuing Debit Notes and Sailing Clearance has reduced considerably.
The Agency is also progressing on automating its processes to allow for electronic submission of manifests, issuing of debit Notes and Sailing Clearances which will further reduce human interaction, improve efficiency and block revenue leakages.
It will be recalled that the Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo had in May this year signed three Executive Orders as part of the Federal Government initiative under the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) to ensure ease of doing business in the country, one of which was the resumption of 24 hour port operations in Lagos Port.

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