With up to three agencies empowered by their enabling laws to grant for the setting up of private jetties, it will almost impossible to effectively monitor activities there in the face of growing security challenges and compliance with import guidelines, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said.
Speaking at a forum in Lagos, NPA’s Assistant General Manager, AGM, Western operations, Innocent Ganboro, had initially put the number of private jetties at 86 revised it upwards as other stakeholders, including Kunle Folarin, chairman of the Port Consultative Forum, had the up to date record of the number.
Although NPA said it is effectively monitoring all the jetties under its supervision and anyone found to go contrary to the stipulated rules and regulations are sanctioned, Ganboro said he cannot speak for the jetties which it did not license and is out of its control and supervision.
He said that efforts at supervising private jetties should begin with centralising the issuance of license to one agency of government.
With the multiple licensing by the three agencies, it has been challenging to ascertain the number of licenses issued by each agency while some of them have no provision for the accommodation of relevant security personnel at the locations.