Lagos port security officers request the implementation of solid access control systems

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The security officers from the Port Facility Security Officers FPSO Forum organization in Nigeria have asked for the re-introduction of strict control measures at the nation’s seaports and other related facilities in view of the increasing terrorist attacks in public places globally.

The office of the National Security Adviser NSA, to the President, had recently issued a security alert on the likelihood of terrorist elements attacking the nation’s seaports in Lagos.

Vice Chairman of the forum, Dr. Zeb Ikokide, who spoke in an interview, disclosed that Nigeria has reached an advanced stage in her implementation of the International Ships and Ports Facility Security ISPS Code, especially in terms of ensuring the compliance of many of her port facilities.

He however said that the security operations at the major entrances to the nation’s seaports, especially those in Lagos are still loose and uncoordinated, a development that has given rise to strict access control into the ports.

According to him, given the high insecurity situations not only in the country but also across the world, there was urgent need for a streamlining of security operations, especially at the major entrances into the nation’s seaports and other related facilities.

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