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In line with the Executive Order handed out to agencies at the seaports by Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has asked agencies like the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON); Port Quarantine Services; National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to leave the ports with immediate effect.

Speaking on Wednesday in Apapa during a meeting with other agencies of government aimed at looking at enforcing the Presidential Executive Order at the seaports, the Managing Director of the NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman named the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); Nigerian Customs Service (NCS); Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Nigerian Police Force; Department of State Security (DSS); Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and Port Health as the approved agencies to operate at the nation’s seaports. This was even as the MD ordered other agencies not mentioned and approved to operate at the seaports to leave with immediate effect.

According to her: “I want to recognise seven approved agencies of government that operate at the port.

“In 2011 an approval was granted to streamline activities of government agencies at the port.

For ease of referencing, the approved agencies are Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA); Nigerian Customs Service (NCS); Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Nigeria Police Force; Department of State Security (DSS); Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and Port Health.

“The above mentioned agencies are the approved ones authorised to operate at the ports, and anyone operating at the port outside this seven agencies are not required and they should know they have to vacate whatever location they are having within the port because the current order stipulates they must not operate within the port.”

She specifically stated that the agencies ejected from the ports are to come in when there services are required.

“NDLEA are required to come in and provide function as at when required. All agencies that are not mentioned are to vacate the port or anywhere they are operating from. NDLEA is to come in when required,” the NPA boss stated.

Also speaking, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col . Hameed Ali said the meeting is key to the operations of the service.

He said the order when implemented will reduce clearing time and cost of doing business at the ports.

“I want to say we have embarked on a change process that we have never had before and there is tendency to say it is one of those things .

“It’s going to stay because we believe all of us should be committed to this. The ease of doing business is to reduce time and processes and cost at the ports.

“I will enjoin all of you to join hands with all of us and to ensure that we implement this to the latter.

“This will help in reducing time, cost‎ of doing business at the port, and for importers this is critical to them.

“It is critical because there is no need to spend more time doing what we should do in three or five minutes. There is no need to lengthen our paper process. It doesn’t make any sense.”

The Executive Order issued by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo on 18 May, 2017 said: “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 back end procedures.

“There shall be no touting whatsoever by official or unofficial persons at any port in Nigeria. 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 Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) Security shall enforce this order.’’

According to the Order, “any official caught soliciting or receiving bribes from port users shall be subjected to immediate removal from port and disciplinary as well as criminal proceedings in line with extant laws and regulations.’ This shall be applied with immediate effect, ”

The new single interface station at each Port, 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.’’

In addition, the Acting President, through the Executive Order, has directed each Port in Nigeria “to assign an existing export terminal to be dedicated to the exportation of agriculture produce within 30 days of the issuance Order.’’

“The Apapa Port shall resume 24-hour operations within 30 days of the issuance of this Order.’’

Culled from Tribune

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Association for the Support of Urban Poor (FEDUP) has promised to deliver affordable housing for its members.
A new board was constituted after the last management was accused of embezzling over N200m for which the matter is in court.

Secretary of the association Mr. Yusuf Edego said the association is building confidence and credibility after the mismanagement that affected its clients.

He stated this yesterday in Abuja during a press briefing to let the public know the association’s effort in giving the group a new image.

Edego said with what the new management team has put on ground they believe their members and the general public will have confidence in the new team to deliver affordable housing for them.

“By a persons impact, performance, character and sincerity as well as walking the talk, with time people will see that the project is a reality”

He said the major problem as a people is lack of sincerity and that once people see that a person is sincere they will trust him to deliver.

“The major problem bedevilling the country is integrity. Many people especially in property development, more than 60% collect money from people and the public generally yet there is nothing on ground to show for it.
“That is why we removed the former executive members and then came up with elected people of integrity.
“Our chairman is a paramount ruler of impeccable integrity. I am a legal practitioner I have my law firm at Jennifer plaza Central area.
“So you have people with verifiable address. We are people that people can enquire and link up with our character.  “They know that for our records we are people of integrity and we are sure that by God’s grace they will not be disappointed”

On how he thinks people will have confidence in the association after the dent on its integrity he said it is the reason for the press conference. “Before we came we have one or two projects on ground that are verifiable that has been executed by the new executive.
“We have acquired twelve hectares at Kurudu that you can verify which you can buy and build your own house.
“Also the public can go to FCDA at the SDD department and meet the director that FEDUP claim they are in partnership with them to build about 167 housing units at Kuje.
“They are verifiable. Then the issue of 30 hectares we just acquired is still in process.
“We have the Family homes Fund which is an agency established by the Federal Government for provision of Social Houses for Nigerians so we are partnering with them by the grace of God they have agreed to sponsor the 30 hectares for the general Public

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The African Economic Congress (AEC) has opened a portal to select credible entrepreneurs through its African Startup Challenge.

Mrs Nancy Illoh-Nnaji, Chief Executive Officer of the congress made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

Illoh-Nnaji explained that African Start-up Challenge was an entrepreneurship sustenance body of the Economic Congress tasked with discussing business development issues relating to
startups and small enterprises.

She said the start-up was introduced to build jobs and boost livelihoods in Africa and it also sought to infuse a culture of creativity and foster innovations.

According to her, the expected outcome
of the competition is to select winning ideas that can lead to new products,
programmes, projects and processes.

She added that this development would also help to engage young entrepreneurs eager to tackle the challenges they faced as well as global challenges through “smart solutions” that transform the economy of Africa and the world.

She said the annual competition would highlight Innovation, Technology and Originality in African Entrepreneurs.

The AEC boss noted that application had opened on October 4, and would close Oct 21, urging interested applicants to draft a short summary of startup ideas,
detailing plans on profitability and apply through startup@aecongress.org.

Meanwhile, Illoh-Nnaji disclosed that
more than 1,000 participants from all over Africa would be at African Economic Congress (AEC) from November 2 to 4 which would be held through televised virtual congress.

It will be recalled that, AEC held its maiden congress in 2019 in Abuja, Nigeria with participants drawn across the Africa continent. (NAN)

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The price of fertiliser has been reviewed downwards from N5,500 to N5,000 per bag as ordered by President muhammadu Buhari.

This is inline with the Buhari administration policy of encouraging the populace to return to the farms.

The Food Security Council made the disclosure while briefing reporters at the end of the body’s meeting presided over by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, yesterday in Abuja.
Vice Chairman of the council and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu,
said the decision followed nomaliasation of production of the commodity since the reopening of Indorama plant in Rivers State shut after the COVID-19 pandemic claimed some lives.
Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State, who represents the North West in the council, said the council observed that the bulk purchase for palliatives was one of the factors that trigged increase in prices of foods nationwide.
He therefore, expressed confidence that the situation would normalise after the harvest season.

Badaru made the observation while addressing the media alongside his Plateau counterpart and representative of North central, Simon Lalong, the Jigawa chief executive said the trio of Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID), federal and state governments were involved in the mass buying as part of measures to mitigate the adverse effects of the disease.

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