The Federal Government yesterday inaugurated an 11-man committee to ensure tighter security operations at the air, sea and land ports.
It is part of efforts to stop importation of illegal arms and ammunitions into the country.
The development followed continued seizure of large cache of arms by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).
Inaugurating the committee in Abuja, Minister of Interior and Chairman, Presidential Committee on Improvement of Security Operations at Nigeria’s Ports, Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) said government’s desire to accelerate national growth through diversification of economy would be realised through transparency and efficiency in the business environment.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had signed three executive orders to enhance ease of doing business, fast-track budget submissions and promote made in Nigeria products.
According to Dambazau, the committee’s assignment is to assist in improving the security services at the nation’s ports, which will, among others things, facilitate the implementation of the Executive Order No. 1.
Parts of the committee’s terms of reference include: “to assess the present deployment of personnel from different agencies working in the airport, seaports and land border with a view to reducing their size to what is absolutely necessary, in accordance with global best practice.
Other terms of reference are “to recommend measures to promote ease of doing business at Nigeria’s sports, ensure maximum security according to global best practices; to sensitise personnel working at the ports and the public on the new policy and practice of doing business at ports and borders in strict compliance with international best practices”.
The committee, which has duration of eight weeks to turn in its reports, is also expected to identify the most vital agencies and desks needed for efficient operations and their appropriate locations within the ports.
Aside Dambazau, members of the committee are Minister of State, Aviation Hadi Sirika, as well as heads of the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Immigration Service, Director General, Department of State Services (DSS), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, Nigeria Ports Authority, Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior is the secretary.