The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has directed that a 24-hour operation begins at the Apapa port with immediate effect.
The Vice President also banned touting by officials or unofficial persons at any Nigerian ports – air, land and sea.
The directives are contained in the three Executive Orders signed by Osinbajo last Thursday, May 18.
The Orders signed are to solve the problems relating to the country’s business environment, local content in public procurement and timely budget submission.
“The Apapa Port shall resume 24-hour operations within 30 days of the issuance of this Order and there shall be no touting whatsoever by official or unofficial persons at any port in Nigeria,” Osinbajo said in the Order.
“On duty staff shall be properly identified by uniform and official cards while off duty staff shall stay away from the ports except with the express approval of the agency head. The FAAN Aviation Security (AVSEC) and Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) Security shall enforce this order,” he added.
To address the touting problems at the ports, the Order said that “all non-official staff shall be removed from the secured areas of airports. No official of FAAN, Immigration, security agency or Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) or any other agency is to meet any non-designated dignitary at any secure areas of the airport.”
Osinbajo also directed that the official approved list of dignitaries that have been pre-approved to be received by protocol officers shall be made available to AVSEC and other relevant agencies ahead of their arrival at the airport.
The acting president said, “any official caught soliciting or receiving bribes from passengers or other port users shall be subject to immediate removal from post and disciplinary as well as criminal proceedings in line with extant laws and regulations.
“All relevant MDAs at the airports shall within 30 days of the issuance of this Order merge their respective departure and arrival interfaces into a single customer interface, without prejudice to necessary backend procedures.”
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Osinbajo also ordered that “all agencies currently physically present in Nigerian Ports shall within 60 days harmonise their operations into one single interface station domiciled in one location in the port and implemented by a single joint task force at all times, without prejudice to necessary backend procedures.”
The new single interface station at each port, the order stipulates, “shall capture, track and record information on all goods arriving and departing from Nigeria and remit captured information to the head of the MDA and the head of the National Bureau of Statistics on a weekly basis.”
He also directed each Port “to assign an existing export terminal to be dedicated to the exportation of agriculture produce within 30 days of the issuance Order.”
The Executive Orders are with immediate effect, according to the acting president.