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NPA Seeks Reduction of Govt Agencies to 4

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Mohammed Bello-Koko, managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has called for the reduction of government agencies at the port to four to reduce bureaucracy and facilitate trade.

Bello-Koko, who disclosed this on his Twitter handle, said he made the proposal at the Ministerial Retreat of the Federal Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, held in Lagos last week.

Presently, government agencies that operate at the nation’s seaport include the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria Immigration Service and Port Health.

“We are proposing a policy and enforcement measures to reduce the number of government agencies operating in the port to a maximum of four,” Bello-Koko proposed.

According to him, the Ports Authority has looked at some critical enablers for trade facilitation and some enablers are interdependent on other agencies of government such as Customs, the Nigerian Police Force, and the Federal Ministry of Works.

Pointing out that the idea is to position Nigerian ports to compete with other ports in the region, he said, there is a need to build a strong collaboration between these agencies.

“Of great importance is our ambitious port modernisation programme to fully rehabilitate decaying port infrastructure at Tin-Can, Apapa, Rivers, Onne, and Delta Ports within the next four years. This will enable us to improve our cargo handling equipment and reduce cargo turnaround time,” he explained.

Bello-Koko further said the NPA is considering the possibilities of concluding new port developments in Badagry, Ibom, Ondo, and Bonny within the shortest possible timeframe to open up new opportunities.

“Broadly, we are strengthening blue governance and transforming port operations with the implementation of the National Single Window, Port Community System, International Cargo Tracking Note, and Vessel Tracking System, while also transforming the sustainability of blue economy investments,” he added.

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