Port Health laments poor working condition at Lagos ports

The officials of Nigerian Port Health Services at the Lagos Ports Complex have lamented poor working condition at the ports.

Head of the service at the Lagos Ports Complex, Mr. Abisola Olokodana, made the disclosure yesterday when the implementation team of Nigerian Port Process Manual visited the agency.

He explained that the psychic effect of having to trek from one vessel to another at port in discharge of their official duties was disheartening.

Olokodana blamed the shipping agents for not providing means of transportation for the personnel, saying the men sometimes had to trek 14 berths to carry out their official assignment.

The service said the lack of transport for its officials posed a serious challenge for their personnel in getting onboard vessels.

The NPHS boss noted that the laborious exercise over the years affected the psyche of the Port Health officials.

The assistant director lamented that transportation to the quay apron had been the major challenge for officers of the service at the seaport.

He appealed to the government to provide functional vehicles for Port Health service officials to enhance their operations at the seaports.

“Our challenge is transportation. Though office accommodation is another one. But transportation is a problem here,” he stressed.

According to him, officials of the service have robust working relationship with sister agencies to ensure that vessels at berth are properly inspected to keep the port safe.

Anozie Egole
Anozie Egole
Anozie Egole is a Transport correspondent. He reports Maritime, Aviation and Rail/Road Transport for Financial Street.

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