FG Gives SeaPorts And AirPorts Ultimatum To Merge Operations
19 May 2017 News
The Federal Government has directed all relevant ministries, departments and agencies operating at the nation’s airports and seaports to harmonise their operations into a single interface station.
Those at the airports have 30 days to merge, while those operating at seaports must do so within 60 days.
This is one of the highlights of an ‘Executive Order on the Promotion of Transparency and Efficiency in the Business Environment’ signed by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday.
By the order, the Apapa Port is expected to resume 24-hour operations within 30 days.
“Made-in-Nigeria products shall be given preference in the procurement of the following items and at least 40 per cent of the procurement expenditure on these items in all MDAs of the FGN shall be locally manufactured goods or local service providers: a. Uniforms and footwear; b. Food and beverages; c. Furniture and fittings; d. Stationery; e. Motor vehicles; f. Pharmaceuticals; g. Construction materials; and Information and Communication Technology.”
The order requires that within 90 days, the heads of all MDAs shall assess the monitoring, enforcement, implementation and compliance with the Executive Order and local content stipulations in the Public Procurement Act, or any other relevant Act within their agencies; propose policies to ensure that the Federal Government’s procurement of goods and services maximises the use of goods manufactured locally and services provided by Nigerian citizens doing business as sole proprietors, firms, or companies held wholly by them or in the majority; and submit such findings to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment.