IMPLEMENTATION OF EXECUTIVE ORDER ...Usman Pays Surprise Visit to Port Complex
In implementation of the Executive Order signed by the Acting President Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Miss Hadiza Bala Usman has stormed the port complex Saturday night to investigate due compliance with the order.
The Executive Order defines reshuffling the number of government agencies working man hours in the nations' ports. The Order mandates 7 government agencies comprising: Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Police Force, Nigeria Immigration Service, Department of State Services (DSS), and Port Health Services to remain the p[orts carrying out their stipulated services whereas others should leave.
The Order as signed by Prof Osibanjo also highlights commencement of 24-hour operations at the Ports.
In adherence to the mandate Miss Usman stormed the Apapa Port saturday night. The NPA helmsman challenged stakeholders to work together in order to procure ease of doing business in the nations' ports.
While speaking at the surprise visit to witness night operations for herself, Miss Usman said the port environment has been prepared for total compliance to the order.
She said her administration would make zero provision for complacency. She therefore urged stakeholders to act in compliance with the Acting President’s orders.
In her words, “As we come to the end of the ultimatum on the subject, we must work in unison and create pathways to efficiency. This is why we are in the trenches this night, so that the work gets done. Therefore it is appreciated if we go the extra mile on compliance and implementation of this regulation,” she said.
She assured stakeholders of adequate lighting of the port environment and institutionalization of shift hours by government agencies.