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Thursday, 27 August 2020

Anderson, AIG Maritime assures dredgers association of protection

The acting Assistant Inspector General of police (AIG) Maritime, Commissioner of police (CP) Anderson Bankole has assured the organised and registered members of the Dredgers Association of Nigeria of support and protection in the discharge of their legitimate activities and businesses.

In a response to the requests of the executive members of the association during a familiarization visit to the marine  force headquarters annex office in  Obalende, Lagos, CP Bankole commended the association for doing their business within the armbit of the law, assuring that the marine police will do all within its constitutional powers to their businesses and life of their workers.

"We will join you to profile the legitimate activities of registered operators and will work with you to rid the sector of illegal dredgers and other fly by night operators who are out to put others at risk."  CP Bankole further explained, adding" I think we shall do more of intelligence gathering in this aspect and my years as an intelligence operative will be generously applied to bring about needed changes and also bring succour and climate of secured enabling environment to the benefits of the maritime sector.

He sought  sustainable support from all groups noting that stakeholders in the sector will no longer be harassed and all security issues regarding  the waterways will henceforth be addressed by the Office AIG, Maritime.

Speaking earlier, President Dredgers Association, Mr Batari Akpomejero, disclosed that registered operators contribute about 35 percent to gainful economic activities in Nigeria, particularly in Lagos and wondered why they  are hounded daily by all manners of persons and government officials.

" We are very sad about the daily harassment to our businesses, attacks and bodily harm to our workers, theft and destruction visited on our equipment." 

Mr Akpomejero who spoke through the secretary of the association, Mr Richard Ntan, noted incessant attacks are becoming unbearable and urged the  Marine Police leadership to intervene.

"We shall be happy to work with you, to help profile the sector, interact through security workshops and seminars and assist the marine police with intelligence reports where necessary.

"We  are happy and ready to work with you to stamp out the growing incidents of thefts and sundry crime against our business without which the development and growth of economy and infrastructure advancement will be greatly affected. Our Association is on top this game and will continue to collaborate with federal government and states authorities to ensure the Waterways and sand mining are carried  out  according  to global standards,  Mr Akpomejero further stated.

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