Agencies disobeyed Osinbajo on 24-hour port operations says NPA Boss

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, said some Federal Government agencies operating at the ports disobeyed the directive and executive order signed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on ensuring 24-hour port operations and synergy among such agencies.

Usman said this during an interview on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ on Thursday, which was monitored by our correspondent.

The NPA boss said Osinbajo, while serving as acting President in 2017, signed an executive order on the promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment and directed the resumption of 24-hour operations at the Apapa Port.

She recalled that the Vice-President also banned touting by officials or unofficial persons at any port; be it air, land and seaports in Nigeria.

She said, “Certain agencies of government have not complied and one of the things we have said is sanctioning for non-compliance of an executive order that was released cannot be done by the Nigerian ports.

“If an agency of government violates an executive order signed by the Vice-President, I believe the Vice-President and indeed the Presidency should sanction that agency for non-compliance, but that has not been done.”

The NPA boss said she had reported the matter to the Presidential Council on Ease of Doing Business chaired by Osinbajo, but no sanction had been given to the errant agencies. Punch

Pix:  Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman