Apapa port plans to shut out loiterers

Worried by high human traffic at the port, Port Manager of the Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Apapa, Mr. Nasir Anas Mohammed, has disclosed plans to issue port passes to only genuine stakeholders who have transactions to conduct inside the facility.

Mohammed said in Lagos that the new policy is aimed at reducing the number of people entering the port.

He said people should see the port as an economic security zone meant for only those with genuine businesses.

“Why do you need 10 port passes? The fewer people we have inside the port, the better because the port is a security area, it is an operational area and it is very sensitive and it is not a place where everybody will come in.

“Ordinarily, a job that can be done by one person, you see many people, beginning from the master to the attachments and other things. But, we are saying, inside the port, we are not going to allow that. We will ensure that we minimise the number so that the port becomes more secure, much friendly and more effective in the discharge of our duties,” he said.

Mohammed also urged companies operating at the ports to request for port passes for only those needed for their operations.

He said managing port security starts with managing the number of people at the port daily and knowing their mission in and around the facility.