Nigerian gov't urged to beef up security around territorial waters

18:29, January 18, 2011      

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The Nigerian government has been urged to beef up security around the nation's territorial waters.

John Osamade, the director-general of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), made the call in Lagos on Monday, saying all forms of criminality in both the creeks and the nation's waters should be checked.

The director-general said relevant security agencies should be well funded to effectively police the waters.

Osamade said importers should be properly educated and sensitized to be abreast of the international policies on import to fast track cargo clearance.

According to him, most of the challenges being faced at the port 's clearing house were linked to the poor documentation of cargoes.

The director-general said improper documentation was responsible for the delay being witnessed in the clearing of goods, which subsequently led to ports congestion.

He said imports were vital to the nation's building, urging the government to put adequate measure in place to achieve the 46 hours clearing policy.

"It is one thing to make a policy, it is another thing to empower all relevant stakeholders to achieve the set target," he added.

"Until people are empowered with adequate information about cargo documentation, the policy would remain unimplemented," Osamade told reporters.

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