Â Godwin Oritse
Â THE Port FacilityÂ Security OfficersÂ Forum (PFSO) has called for a deliberate policy to checkmate the numerousÂ agencies of government currently located in the Nigerian Port, saying that â€œthese agencies are beginning to make cargo clearance more cumbersome.
Speaking at the 32nd PFSO meeting held at the training school of the Ports and Terminal Multi-purpose Services Limited (PTML) in Apapa, the Chairman of the Lagos Maritime Security zone of the Port Facility Security Officers Forum Mr. Anataku Subaru, disclosed that there are some agencies that have different units from the agencies.
Subaru stated that the rate at which some units of these agencies are springing up has reached an alarming rate, adding that if urgent steps are not taken to stem the dangerous tide, it could make nonsense of the current security arrangement in ports.
He disclosed that the sixteen security agencies presently at the ports are all carrying out similar functions.
Already, the group has constituted a six-man committee to do a study on the crime rate in the Nigerian maritime sector, particularly operations on platforms in the oil and gas industry.
The committee headed by Mr. Zeb Ikokide will also look at the issue of human traffic in the ports and collate information as it affects marine security in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the management of Five Star logistics has petitioned the Presidential Committee of Maritime Security and Safety (PICOMMSS) on the illegal activities of some government securityÂ agencies in the ports.
In the letter, the terminal operator also said that the activities of these agencies is threatening their operations
Part of the petition reads â€œthe multiplicity and activities of some government security agencies in our terminal has become worrisome and constitute a threat to our overall operations.
â€œSome of these agencies are Customs Service, SSS, Police, NDLEA, Navy etc.â€œThey often engage the service of their retired and dismissed officers otherwise known as â€˜camp boysâ€™ (in private arrangement for mutual benefits to carry out all forms of documentation collection of illegal fees and run obnoxious errands on their behalf.
â€œTheir activities are not only detrimental to optimizing our time and space but also impede quality service delivery.
â€œThey have no regard for our access control measures and thereby create a major conflict between our guards and the officers of the various agencies.