29th April, 2011
The General Manager of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Western Zone, Mallam Mohammed Bulangu, has said that the NPA Management will soon re-introduce port pass at the nationâ€™s seaports.
Bulangu said that the move became imperative following the unsuccessful control of unauthorised people from the ports, even after they had been concessioned.
Bulangu, who was represented by the Assistant General Manager, Compliance and Regulatory Services, NPA Western Ports, Mr. B.E. Jonah, at the April edition of the monthly Stakeholdersâ€™ Forum, noted that access to and security of the ports are important requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.
He said that a port that does not have adequate control of people is seen as insecure, pointing out that such is on the high risk of losing its status as an ISPS Code-compliant port.
To that effect, he said the NPA management has procured new vehicles to assist security officials and the Ports Police in effective patrol of the ports.
He added that patrol boats were also being procured for the Marine Police so as to prevent unauthorised persons from coming to the ports through the water fronts.
He appealed to all port users to give the required cooperation, noting that the issue of security in the ports lies beyond the NPA and the Police.