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MWUN tasks FG on having security posts at bonded terminals, jetties

By Adaku Onyenucheya
23 March 2022   |   3:21 am
The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has called on the Federal Government to facilitate the presence of security agencies at all bonded terminals and jetties across the country to checkmate nefarious activities of unscrupulous importers.

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has called on the Federal Government to facilitate the presence of security agencies at all bonded terminals and jetties across the country to checkmate nefarious activities of unscrupulous importers.

The President General of MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju, who disclosed this in Lagos, expressed worry over the recent seizures of contrabands in some of the off dock facilities.

He noted that the influx of contrabands and other prohibited consignments will continue to flood the country through the off dock terminals if the government fails to establish security formations in those terminals for proper scrutiny.

He added that examination of containers should be strictly adhered to in such facilities with the involvement of relevant government agencies on ground before final release.

Adeyanju urged the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to complement operational activities of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to beam searchlights on existing bonded terminals.

“NPA, Police and even NIMASA officials are supposed to be in those facilities to inspect what is coming out of the terminal, but its not like that in this country.

“We are appealing to the Managing Director of NPA to look into those areas and deploy officials to those facilities because illegalities will continue to thrive if not checked,” he said.

On the porous jetties, Adeyanju lamented that with the movement of containers through barge operations, adequate security personnel should be at the receiving end to carry out proper examination to ascertain the content inside the containers.

According to him, the private jetties should be manned by personnel of NPA, police and the Department of State Services (DSS) in furtherance to monitoring and enforcing compliance, adding that the waterways must not be used for influx of contrabands and dangerous goods into the country.

“Our jetties are porous in terms of security. NPA and NIMASA are not visible in those facilities. Those perpetrators that do not believe in the progress of this country will continue to use that means to make money for self gain. They will prefer to use off dock facilities instead of the mother port for negative reasons,” he noted.

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