Ms. Hadiza Usman NPA Boss

The office of the Vice-President of Nigeria has been called upon to intervene and maintain order and compliance with the presidential order on the ease of doing business at the nation’s ports. This is necessary as non-compliance is costing the nation billions of naira in lost revenue

The personal intervention of Professor Osinbajo, the Vice-President was particularly sought to curtail the impunity currently playing out at the nation’s seaport as the order given by the president on the ease of doing business is flagrantly flouted by various government agencies in the nation’s seaports.

The Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority NPA made this desperate call on Saturday since the Vice-president’s office oversees the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council PEBEC which issued the order.

The order streamlined the activities of all government agencies in the nation ports to achieve a 24-hour cargo clearance target. Some of the agencies operating in the port who are to comply with the order include the Nigeria Port Authority NPA, The Nigeria Customs Service NCS, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Immigration Service NIS, The Department of State Security DSS and the Port Health.

While responding to the accusation by a delegation of Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents ANLCA that government agencies were flouting the presidential order, the NPA boss Ms. Hadiza Usman called on the respective agencies to obey and abide by the order to ensure smooth flow of doing business in the ports.

She absolves NPA of any guilt in not obeying the order insisting that it was the deficiencies of other agencies that affect the services NPA provides and not otherwise.

She, however, express regret that though the NPA is the custodian and overseer of the nation’s ports she has no power to compel other agencies to strictly adhere to the order. The best they can do is to appeal to them.

Said Usman in a statement, “NPA is only implementing its own part of the order, we cannot compel other agencies to do what they are supposed to do.” She advised the ANLCA executives to report any defaulting agencies to relevant authorities for reprimand and sanction.