Managing Director of NPA, Alhaji Habib Abdullahi
In a bid to curb any act of terrorism in the nation’s seaports and international borders, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has concluded plans to install equipment to forestall any attack.
Managing Director of NPA, Alhaji Habib Abdullahi, dropped the hint while receiving a delegation from Smiths Detection Group from France, which paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Lagos.
The NPA helmsman said the decision to install the equipment was based on the authority’s determination to guide and protect the heavy investments of multinational companies in the nation’s seaports.
He explained that the move would entail the establishment of a command control communication and intelligence centre in the ports for surveillance of all activities in the ports and serve as information network centre for security agencies in the port.
Represented by the General Manager, Security, Lt. Col. Musa Tahir (rtd), Abdullahi noted that the issue of security vulnerability in Nigeria was very unfortunate and disturbing and that the Authority would continue to collaborate with other agencies to forestall security breaches at the nation’s seaports.
In his presentation, the leader of the team and Africa’s Sales Manager, Mr. Loic Lebret, disclosed that his company is a world leader in security equipment manufacturing and sales, with different products on emergency response, x-ray equipment for small and big cargoes.
According to him, Smiths Detection has 483 Hieman Cargo Vision cameras installed at ports worldwide.
Lebret said the spate of bombings in Nigeria would be a thing of the past especially at the ports if the appropriate equipment which could detect nuclear products is installed at the seaports.
The representative of Edward Green Global Limited, sponsors of Smiths Detection delegation, Alhaji Aminu Tanko Yakassai, remarked that his organisation has been involved in safety of life and property in Nigeria and wished to extend its services to the nation’s seaports.