.No more other cargo examinations outside single interface
.Approved govt agencies to implement Single Interface Cargo Examination in their designated locations at ports
. Single Interface Cargo Examination to be implemented at ports across Nigeria
(TRADE NEWSWIRE): Following the commencement of 24-hour port operations born out of Executive order issued by the Federal Government of late, a Socio-Economic Reformer and Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has directed the immediate implementation of a single interface examination point for cargoes at all ports across the country in conformity with the Order, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had earlier in the year handed down Executive Order 22 to NPA for the commencement of 24-hours port operation and subsequently set-up Implementation Committee to that effect, whilst the Authority had since kick-started the implementation of the FG directive.
In a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from the Principal Manager, Public Affairs, NPA, Ibrahim Nasiru, all agencies of government that were required to operate and domicile in the ports, would with the take-off of this policy, embark on their activities in the designated locations only, meaning that there would be no other form of examination outside of that single interface.
The statement reads in part, “For record purposes, only Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Customs and Excise, Nigerian Immigration Service, Department of State Services (DSS), Port Health, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigerian Police, which were part of the presidential approval in 2011, are permitted to domicile within the ports. All other agencies must come in only when they are required.
“The Managing Director expresses the gratitude of the management of the NPA to all government agencies and stakeholders who have collaborated with the Authority to ensure the implementation of Executive Order 22 ahead of deadline.”
NPA MD, however, assured that the doors of the Authority were opened to receive suggestions or complaints about challenges that were encountered in the implementation of this policy and asks for the continued support of all stakeholders toward repositioning Port operations in Nigeria.