|The Nigerian Port Authority(NPA)has mandated every Port Users to have eight identity cards before accessing the Port|
Some of the identity cards required to access the Tin Can Island Port alone are; Company identity card, CRFFN card, TICT Terminal pass, Five Star Terminal pass, Ports and Cargo Pass, PTML Terminal pass, NPA port pass.The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)
Some stakeholders said, is commendable because it is in line with the International Ships and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) Code, it was however dead on arrival because NPA failed to manage it well and carry stakeholders along before implementation.It appears that the outcry by the port users have now made the NPA to suspend implementation of the port pass.
However, as of yesterday, port users were been allowed free access into the port without the NPA port pass.
It was gathered that an official of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) at Tin Can Chapter, Mr Charles Uba said that there was nothing wrong in profiling people entering the port because it is supposed to be a highly secured environment.“The issue of insecurity at Nigerian Ports cannot be overemphasized, coupled with the fact that there is insurgency in the country and you don’t know who is who”“On the other hand, he said before anything is implemented, the stakeholders must be carried along and sensitized so that they can in turn sensitize their followers. In doing this, you will not fence out the people that are supposed to be original workers in the port while allowing miscreants”
The issue of NPA issuing port pass is not necessary because as far as the port is concerned, all the concessionaires have their entry permit, the only place left is the common user areas. Once the freight forwarders and clearing agents identify themselves properly, they should be allowed to go”“NPA sold off their property, they gave it to private individuals who are now managing it, these concessionaires have created their entry permit, it is wrong for NPA to come and duplicate the entry permit by asking for port pass.
The ANLCA official said that the NPA access control has failed on arrival, and that their was need for it to be harmonized.
Also speaking is the Vice President of the Oodua Maritime Forum, Mr Ojo Akintoye said it was totally wrong for NPA to mount another access gate other than the one already erected by terminal operators.
According to him, the access control embarked upon by NPA does not serve any purpose.“The terminal operators have issued entry permit to whoever wants to enter into their terminal and yet NPA is forcing us to get port pass”“The port pass does not eradicate the excesses of terminal operators.We all agree with the ISPS Code, but to what extent,
NPA also gave shops to food sellers inside the national, and they are collecting rent”“The solution is for NPA to have a meeting with all the stakeholders” he said.NPA
The Nigerian Port Authority is yet to react on stakeholders kick. But it is expected that both the NPA and stakeholders will come to agreementReplyForward