Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman (Middle)

By Oladipupo Mojeed

The Federal Government has cut down the number of agencies operating at the nation’s seaports, permitting only seven agencies at the ports.

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Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman, stated this at a stakeholders’ meeting in Lagos on Wednesday.

In 2011, there were 25 agencies at the seaports but the government trimmed the number to six before eight more came back in 2016.

According to the NPA boss, this move is inline with the enabling business environment initiative of the government.

Permitted outfits

She listed the permitted agencies as the NPA, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Nigeria Police, Department of State Services, Nigeria Immigration Service and Port Health.

“Any agency that is operating in the ports outside of these seven agencies are not required to and they should be aware that they need to vacate whatever station they currently occupy within the ports.

“The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency is required to come in as at when required,” Usman said.

She added that a directive has been given to the port security not to permit anybody except those that have business in the ports.

“Indeed, this applies to officials that are off-duty. Only on-duty officers are permitted to be in the port location,” she stated..

Usman said there were six Executive Orders from the government that concerned port operations, including that against touting and bribery,