NPA installs CCTV cameras
In response to the recent allegation by some maritime lawyers that over 500 wharf rats are working for some government agencies at Apapa and Tin Can ports, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has installed cameras to curb their activities at the Lagos seaports.
There were reports that the wharf rats were creating confusion and hindering the trade facilitation programme of the Federal Government.
Investigation conducted by The Nation revealed that at the Apapa port for instance, some security agents are monitoring vehicular and human movement.
More than 10 CCTV cameras have been installed to take photographs of every government official, Customs and police officers, drivers, importers, clearing agents and all unauthorised visitors coming close to the port.
The Managing Director of NPA, Omar Suleiman, confirmed the development. He said the CCTV cameras can capture activities of up to 10 nautical miles during the day and five nautical miles at night.
He said NPA needs to mount strict surveillance at the sea to stop those who are responsible for damaging imported vehicles, stealing imported items, helping some government agencies at the port to collect illegal fees from importers and clearing agents and causing unnecessary delay for vehicles going and coming out of the port.