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NPA reports agencies flouting presidential order to Osinbajo

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is seeking the intervention of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over non-compliance by some government agencies with the Presidential Order on the Ease of Doing Business at Ports.

Managing Director of NPA, Ms Hadiza Usman, on Saturday in Lagos, while receiving a delegation of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), lamented that some government agencies were flouting the Presidential directive.

The Office of the Vice President oversees the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) which issued the Presidential Order that all agencies must achieve a 24-hour cargo clearance target.

Usman said that the authority would continue to fulfil its own part of the Order, adding that NPA could not compel other agencies to do what they were supposed to do.

“NPA is implementing its own part of the Order. We cannot compel other agencies to do what they are supposed to do,” she said.

She noted that aggrieved stakeholders should also report the defaulting agencies to the appropriate authorities.

National Vice President of ANCLA, Dr Kayode Farinto urged the managing director to intervene to ensure that officials of the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine are prevented from entering the ports.

Farinto also made an appeal that NPA should ensure that the newly-constructed temporary Truck Park at Tin Can Island Port (TCIP) is put to immediate use.

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