Senate Divided Over Committee Report on Ports
By Fidel Oseghale
The Senate was on Wednesday divided over the report of its Joint Committee on Navy, Marine Transport and Finance, on the investigation of the illegal security activities by a private security firm.
Chairman of the Joint Committee, George Sekibo, had submitted that Ocean Marine Solutions Limited, OMLS, be allowed to continue its operation at the Safe Anchorage Area at the Lagos Port until a more cost-effective system is put in place by government.
Senator Sekibo also stressed that the Navy be properly funded to enable it procure needed vessels to clear the over one hundred and fifty vessels deficit without depending on Private Maritime Logistics Support Companies.
But a member of the Committee, Senator Ahmed Baba-Keita who complained of lopsidedness in the resolutions, said the report does not reflect the interest of Nigerians.
On his part, Senator Solomon Olamilekan pointed out that the Navy alone does not have the capacity to safeguard the nation's territorial waters.
In a remark, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, aligned with Senator Olamilekan's position, saying it was shameful that Nigeria depends on a private firm to secure the country's waterways.