The Federal Government has approved eight agencies to operate within the Nigerian ports to ease the clearance of goods.
A statement issued by Mr Chuks Iloegbunam, the Communication Adviser to the Chairman of Committee on Ports Reforms, in Abuja on Wednesday stated that other agencies not listed could only operate on invitation.
It listed the approved agencies as Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency, Nigerian Custom Service and Nigerian Police (Ports Authority Command).
Others are State Security Service, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigerian Immigration Service and Port Health Authority.
“All other bodies can now only enter the ports and operate in them on the basis of specific invitation as the need arises.
“The position will remain unchanged unless and until the president directs otherwise,” it said.
The statement stressed that all pronouncements of the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and all actions of the committee were being issued with the approval of the president.
It said that the Ports Reforms Committee solicited the cooperation of all stakeholders in carrying out its assignment of ensuring that Nigerian ports were operating within internationally accepted standards.