The United States government yesterday imposed “Conditions of Entry (COE)’’ on vessels originating or calling from Nigerian ports.
The US mission in Nigeria said in a statement that it was henceforth, required that Nigerian vessels met certain security measures before entering US ports.
The statement, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said only 22 Nigerian port facilities would be exempted from the COE.
“The US government has imposed Conditions of Entry on vessels originating or calling from Nigerian ports. “This requires these Nigerian vessels to meet certain security measures prior to entering US ports. “ Twenty two port facilities in Nigeria are however, exempted from the COE as they have been found to have adequate security measures in place,’’ it said.
The statement said the 22 port facilities had demonstrated effective anti-terrorism measures and would no longer be subjected to additional security precautions. It, however, said the COE was not meant as trade sanctions or ban on Nigerian ships from entering US ports.
“Nigerian ports have not fully implemented the provisions of the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code and do not have effective anti-terrorism measures in place. “Only 22 Nigerian port facilities have demonstrated effective anti-terrorism measures and will not be subject to additional security precautions,’’ it said.
The statement said that the US Coast Guard would continue to consult with the Nigerian government in achieving full ISPS code compliance and removal of the COE.
(Courtesy This day, Federal Government of Nigeria & AGENCIES …….. Source ……. Our Freelance Contributor in Lagos)