Under Pressure

Following the two being at logger heads, and their refusal to merge with NIMASA Nigeria has scrapped PICOMSS, potentially putting Nigeria’s port security under pressure.

NIGERIA: FG scraps PICOMSS, puts port security under pressure

The Federal Government has scrapped the Presidential Implementation on Maritime Security and Safety (PICOMSS), following its refusal to merge with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

The development according to an official of Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) forum, who spoke under anonymity, will definitely impact negatively on the port security system.

Sources close to the PICOMSS said that it had to opt for the Committee to be scrapped because NIMASA’s definition of security is a far cry from what it should be.

The source also stated that the late Former Security Adviser, General Patrick Azazi, was made to convince the President on the need to either merge PICOMMS with NIMASA or have scrapped.

It would be recalled both the NIMASA and PICOMSS have been at logger heads over who should be in control of the nation’s water ways.

At a point, the international Oil Companies operating in Nigeria, were paying dues to PICOMSS for providing security services for their operations.

This move did not go down well with NIMASA who launched an onslaught on the Committee and ensured that it was finally scrapped.

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Source: Codewit World News.

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