Illicit drugs: ” Deploy sniffer dogs in cargo examination”, Chief Ubogu
Illicit drugs: " Deploy sniffer dogs in cargo examination", Chief Ubogu
Chief Michael Ubogu, Managing Director, Micura Services Limited, has called on the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to deploy sniffer dogs in cargo examination for easy detection of drugs
He made the call in view of the recent influx of hard drugs imported through the seaports in Nigeria.
Ubogu whose firm is one of the best stevedoring contractors in the country, also urged the anti narcotic agency to engage other sophisticated and modern drug detection equipment in place of the 100 percent examination practised in Nigerian Ports.
According to him, more sensitisation of port workers will also suffice in putting the menace to bed.
Detection dogs are trained to use its senses to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Speaking over the weekend, against the backdrop of the recent seizures recorded by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the ports, Ubogu reiterated that with the dogs deployment to the various examination bays at the port terminals, there will be less work to be carried out by personnel.
He noted that the dogs alongside the Non Intrusive Inspection equipment (scanners) when operational will further expedite cargo examination with less human interface adding that 100% cargo clearance can be reduced with the animal contribution.
According to him, a sniffer dog can examine a containerised cargo within minutes unlike what the scanner or 100% physical examination can do in a longer period.
“For me, I think the best way out of the fight against illicit drug importation and reduction is to deploy technology and the use of sniffer dogs where the need arises.
“Most of the containers don’t really need to be opened for examination because from the outside the dogs can detect if any illicit items are inside the containers and that will hasten the process of examination at the terminals.
According to him, the seaports should replicate what is obtainable at the airports noting that with the animals on ground for inspection and examination, it will save time and energy.
On the Lekki Port commencement, he noted that talks are ongoing with management of the deep seaport adding that his firm will be interested to contribute its quota for effective service delivery for maritime business growth.
He further expressed optimism that the maritime sector has the potentials to provide millons of jobs for Nigerians if well harnessed, pointing out as a hub in the sub saharan region, government should encourage its growth.