COVID-19: Nigeria on red alert over vessels from Brazil, South Africa, India
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The Director, Port Health Services (PHS), Dr. Geoffrey Okatubo, has revealed that due to emergence of the new strain of COVID-19 virus, special attention was being given to vessels arriving from Brazil, South Africa and India.
Okatubo said this when the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Office of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello, paid a working visit to the agency in Abuja.
Okatubo, who was responding to the NSC’s boss call on the need for PHS to reduce time spent on vessel inspection from 30 to 45 minutes, explained that inspections could take longer than 45 minutes because of peculiarities of COVID-19 pandemic, which had given rise to more activities on board vessels.
He said PHS was working towards publishing penalties for infractions and was also solidly behind the Council in its performance of roles and responsibilities.
Okatubo also congratulated NSC on its appointment by Federal Government as lead agency to coordinate and supervise the implementation of Nigerian Ports Process Manual (NPPM).
He emphasised the need to clean up the ports by embracing orderliness, efficiency and zero-corruption.
Bello, in a press statement issued by by the Head of Public Relations of Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mrs. Rakiya Yagboyaju, yesterday, said since doing business at the ports was tied to time, there was need for PHS, as the first agency to interact with vessels and crew, to reduce time spent onboard, by performing their inspections between 30 to 45 minutes with a maximum of three officers.
He described NPPM as a useful and important manual all relevant agencies in the port system should abide by.
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