FG di­rects NPA to re­lo­cate tank farm own­ers

Daily Trust - - MARITIME -

Mr. Leke Oye­wole, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent on Mar­itime, on Wed­nes­day di­rected the Nige­rian Ports Author­ity (NPA) to re­lo­cate tank farms in Apapa, La­gos.

Oye­wole, who gave the di­rec­tive at an in­ter­ac­tive fo­rum in La­gos, said that the tank farms should be re­lo­cated to the hin­ter­land.

He said that the re­lo­ca­tion would help to avoid fur­ther fire dis­as­ter in the area.

The se­nior spe­cial as­sis­tant said that it was dan­ger­ous for tank farms to con­tinue to be at the Apapa port.

He said that there were large ex­panse of lands in Mosimi, Ejigbo, Kwara, Ibadan and Ore that could be de­vel­oped for tank farm own­ers.

“The de­vel­op­ment of tank farms close to the ports is a dan­ger­ous trend. Re­cently, a fam­ily es­caped dis­as­ter when fire en­gulfed their house.

“Imag­ine if the tank farm around the house had been af­fected, the whole of Apapa would have been on fire.

“NPA should look at de­vel­op­ing places where tank farm own­ers can re­lo­cate to. They can prop­erly utilise the area,” Oye­wole said.

On se­cu­rity, he com­mended the Nigeria Navy and the Nige­rian Mar­itime Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for en­sur­ing se­cu­rity on the seas.

He said that the agencies un­der­stood that the se­cu­rity re­spon­si­bil­ity of NIMASA was to de­fend and not to carry gun or at­tack pi­rates.

He said that the govern­ment was map­ping out other strate­gies to en­sure that se­cu­rity off shore was im­proved.

On the role of the Nige­rian Ship­pers’ Coun­cil (NSC) as a reg­u­la­tor, Oye­wole ap­pealed to the stake­hold­ers not to al­low their po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests to jeop­ar­dise na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

He promised that the govern­ment would deal ap­pro­pri­ately with any of its agencies found col­lect­ing money from mar­itime oper­a­tors at the ports. (NAN)

In­creased lim­its of li­a­bil­ity for the death of, or per­sonal in­jury to, a pas­sen­ger on a ship treaty com­menced yes­ter­day

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