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NPA seeks support against piracy, others

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The Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello Koko, has urged the support and co-operation of the newly-appointed Assistant Inspector-General Police in charge of Maritime and the Nigerian Navy to end the incessant cases of attacks on vessels, barge operators and other port facilities around the waterfronts and channels.

The Authority has also charged the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on the need to clear all impediment and bottlenecks that impede free flow of traffic on all port corridors with a view to ensuring efficient and effective handling of cargo in and out of the nation’s seaports.

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Koko spoke during a meeting between the AIG Maritime, Amadi John Ogbonnaya, officials of Lagos State Government, Commander of the NNS, Beecroft, Commodore Bashiru Mohammed who was represented by Lt Commander A.S. Manga and Sector Commander of the FRSC, Matthew Cyril Zango, among others and government agencies in the maritime industry.

He also sought the support of the AIG in helping to address the persistent complaints by stakeholders over extortion, illegal mounting of roadblocks by uniform personnel from the security agencies, associations and unions that operate along the seaport corridors.

In another development, the NPA MD said the authority was willing to collaborate with maritime stakeholders to ensure the success of the electronic call-up system. known as the ‘Eto’.

While speaking during an interactive session with stakeholders at the authority’s corporate headquarters on Marina, Lagos, the NPA MD said security agencies, stakeholders and the Lagos State Government had agreed to streamline operational procedures to curtail extortion and sharp practices that hamper the enforcement of the truck traffic management at Apapa and the entire Maritime logistic Ring (MLR).

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