FG orders single line cargo examination

Following an Executive Order 22, the Federal Government has ordered immediate implementation of single interface examination point for all cargoes at the seaports across the country.

At a meeting of the Implementation Committee on the Executive Orders issued by the Acting President, Prof.Yemi Osinbajo, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman, asked all the government agencies to comply with the order immediately.

With the take-off of the policy, it was gathered that all agencies of government that are required to operate and domicile in the ports, would embark on their activities in designated locations.

The authority’s Principal Manager, Public Affairs, Ibrahim Nasiru, quoted the managing director as saying, “there will be no other form of examination outside of that single interface.”

She added that every agency would develop its back end office operations to streamline what it requires to support any historical structure it may have.

Usman said: “But no agency should operate outside that interface at any of our port terminals. All agencies of government that are not domiciled in the ports but are required to provide services should liaise with the lead agency on the modalities to perform their operations when they are required.

“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.”

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