Executive Order: NPA to Implement Single Interface for Cargo Examination

Single Interface for Cargo Examination, Nigerian Ports Authority, Executive Order 22

Rising from a meeting of the Implementation Committee on the Executive Orders recently issued by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Friday, managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman has directed the immediate implementation of the single interface examination point for all cargoes at all ports across the country. This is in conformity with Executive Order 22.

Usman said that with the take-off of the policy, all agencies of government that are required to operate and domicile in the ports, would embark on their activities in the designated locations only. There will be no other form of examination outside of that single interface.

“Every agency will be expected to develop their back office operations to streamline what they require to support any historical structure they may have, but no agency should operate outside that interface at any of our port terminals”, she noted, adding that, 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 the NPA, Customs and Excise, Nigerian Immigration Service, Department of State Security 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.

Usman expressed 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 the Executive Order 22 ahead of deadline.

The MD NPA reiterated her administration’s commitment on the implementation of the policy towards repositioning port operations in Nigeria.

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Executive Order: NPA to Implement Single Interface for Cargo Examination