07 October 2013, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Efforts of the Port and Terminal Multi-Services Limited, PTML, operators of the PTML Terminal, Apapa, Lagos, to operate a security access card system may have suffered a setback owing to activities of saboteurs working round the clock to beat the system.
The system, which kicked off March 4, 2013 is part of PTMLS’ efforts at boosting the integrity of the facility, in keeping with the International Ship and Port Facility Security, ISPS, Code.
Confirming the development PTML’s General Manager Mr. Tunde Keshiro said the management has commenced a security access card system for Customs agents and others entering its terminal, but was silent on the cost of the project.
“It is part of the ongoing infrastructural investment in the terminal and this will be disclosed at the appropriate time,” Keshiro said.
PTML, according to him, is billing N1,250 per card holder for the issuance.
He was unable to disclose the number of these cards issued so far, noting that the port access control project will keep unwanted visitors away from the terminal.
He also disclosed that the project has attracted very positive commendation from stakeholders within and around the port area.
On challenges before PTML in operating the card system, Keshiro said: “False representation, identity fraud and forged documents has been a major challenge”.
Denying that the system has been experiencing high incidences of cloning by fraudsters, he said: “Rather than allow some of these frauds, PTML has been able to identify persons that had obtained these identification from fraudsters and retrieved the card following confirmation by the appropriate authority in the Agency.”