This Act provides for the establishment of the Nigerian Ports Authority, defines its functions, powers and liabilities and regulates its internal organization and financial matters. The Act further provides for matters relating to port operations such as pilotage and for the compulsory acquisition of land by the Authority and related matters.The Act consists of 128 sections divided into 15 Parts. It is completed by three Schedules.The Nigerian Ports Authority is established under section 1 as a body corporate. The Authority shall be managed by a Governing Board established under section 2. Functions and powers of the Authority are defined in Part II (sects. 8-9). The Authority shall provide and operate, in ports, such facilities as it deems appropriate and maintain, improve and regulate the use of the ports in Nigeria. The Minister may, by Order, declare any place in Nigeria and any navigable channel leading into that place to be a port within the meaning this Decree and may declare any navigable channel leading into a port to an approach to that port within the meaning of this Decree (sect. 30). Part V (sects. 24-29) provides for the expropriation of land. Upon application of the Authority the Head of State may compulsory acquire land in the sense of the Land Use Act for purposes of this Decree (sect. 24). The Authority may also enter upon land for the carrying out of specified works. Compensation shall be paid for alienation of land or damage to crops or trees by the Authority.
Implemented by: Nigerian Ports Authority (Pilotage) Regulations. (2013-02-21)
Implemented by: Nigerian Ports Authority (Port) Regulations. (2013-02-21)
Implemented by: Nigerian Ports Authority Docks and Premises Bye-laws. (2013-02-21)
Implemented by: Ports (Carbide of Calcium) Regulations. (2013-02-21)
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British influence and control over what would become Nigeria and Africa's most populous country grew through the 19th century. A series of constitutions after World War II granted Nigeria greater autonomy. After independence in 1960, politics were marked by coups and mostly military rule, until the death of a military head of state in 1998 allowed for a political transition. In 1999, a new constitution was adopted and a peaceful transition to civilian government was completed.
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