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NPA lists factors to aid Ease of Doing Business

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The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (2nd from Right) commissioning modern environmental and pollution equipment at the Dockyard, Apapa, Lagos.

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has assured of its commitment to put in place appropriate measures that would enable it facilitate business activities at the nation’s seaports.

Managing Director, NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman, who made this commitment at an industry event in Lagos, said the authority is collaborating with the Nigeria Customs Service for effective operations through the Single Window platform for the clearance of cargoes at the ports.

This, according to her, will ensure that all agencies connected with import and export processes are in a single office in order to reduce clearance time.

Bala-Usman, who was represented by General Manager, Servicom Division of NPA, Mrs. Carol Ufere, said: “It will interest you to know that even before the Executive Orders were signed into Law by the Federal Government, the Authority had put in place measures aimed at attracting investments into the Maritime Sub Sector of the Nation’s Economy”.

She however rolled out other measures prioritized to sustain the drive of Ease of Doing Business to include: introduction of Revenue Invoicing Monitoring System series, Electronic Ship Entry Notice, Maintenance of Access Roads, Improvement of Security at the Ports, Acquisition and Commissioning of Tug Boats, the command and control and other electronic devices meant to stimulate efficient customer service.

The Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment and Secretary, Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), Jumoke Oduwole commended the efforts of NPA at their support to the council.

Oduwole remarked further that the NPA has the best interest of Nigerian business community at heart, noting that PEBEC is fully committed to the improvement of business climate in Nigeria.

While thanking stakeholders for partnering PEBEC on the workshop, she enjoined them not to circumvent the system and also give appropriate feedback on how best to evolve the best business climate for the country.



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