A supremacy battle seems to be brewing between the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and the Nigerian Senate over which agencies can be allowed to operate in the ports.
While for instance, the Vice President had earlier excluded Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), from the list of Federal Government agencies to operate at the ports, the Senate yesterday, gave a counter order, directing SON go back to the ports.
Osinbajo had earlier given a list of approved agencies to operate in the ports to include Nigeria Customs Service (NCS); Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Nigeria Police Force (NPF); National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC); Department of State Security (DSS); Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and Port Health. This leaves agencies excluded from operating in the ports to include Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Directorate of Naval Intelligence (DNI), Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA), Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service, (NAQS), National Environmental Regulatory and Standards Agency (NESREA) and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). Read more