SHOULD NDLEA, NAFDAC, SON BE EVICTED FROM THE PORTS?

Tincan Island Port Lagos

The Executive Order issued by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo recently has become a cause for worry in so many sections of the port industry. The Order has been interpreted by NPA MD Hadiza Bala Usman as excluding the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) from the ports while Customs, Immigration, Police, DSS, Port Health, NIMASA and NPA are welcomed to facilitate trade and achieve the most desirous 24 hour cargo clearance.
But, of late, within the first half of 2017, two caches of sophisticated guns have been apprehended. How many of such dangerous imports have escaped detection? In a country like Nigeria where violent upheavals masterminded by Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen and ethnic militants are prevalent, do we not need to be more watchful of goods that come in through our ports?
Notwithstanding the presence of NDLEA officials in the ports and the border posts, Nigerian security officials almost daily arrest drug couriers at the airports, while the largest haul of heroine thus far was seized at Tincan Island Port, a few years back. And there are still recurring cases of untimely deaths occasioned by use of substandard or fake drugs by hapless Nigerians.
Telephone sets, fan, fridges and other electronics from Asia imported into Nigeria are now a drain pipe to our pockets. Since the ousting of SON from the ports, myriad of substandard products have flooded the Nigerian space.
Given these scenarios, should NDLEA, SON and NAFDAC be evicted from Nigerian ports? How relevant are they in the cargo clearing process in our ports? Do they come in intermittently or situate their offices in the ports?
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