As coronavirus spreads like wildfire and nations are tightening up their entry points, The Guardian has accused Nigeria of failing to map out strategies to prevent the importation of the virus through the sea. The Guardian observed that there are still no serious measures by government agencies such as the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, The Ports Health and the Immigration Service to ensure that seafarers coming to Nigeria through the sea are properly screened against the virus.
Already, seafarers calling at Chinese ports have been advised to wear masks and take precautionary measures to avoid getting infected with the coronavirus and prevent its potential spread.
Though countries are generating plans to prevent the spread of the virus in their country, in Nigeria, the required agencies are yet to begin sensitization for the dockworkers and seafarers.
Spokesperson, NIMASA, Isiche Osamgbi and other top executives did not respond to The Guardian enquiries on the measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus to Nigeria through the seaports.
The President, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Adewale Adeyanju, has called on regulatory agencies at the port to be alert and protect the dockworkers against the virus.
Adeyanju, who stressed the need for sensitization of Nigerian dockworkers and seafarers, said that the union is embarking on sensitization of its seafarers and dockworkers on Coronavirus and how to protect themselves always.
He said: “From next week, we are going to embark on sensitization programmes for the dockworkers and the seafarers. The Nigerian Immigration Service also needs to wake up and do their job, the seafarers coming into our ports now, nobody knows the type of sickness they are infected with.
“The Port Health also have to wake up, the immigration service needs to also be very careful before they board any vessel, they must be well kitted, this is a serious matter that involves the life of dockworkers, seafarers and other port users”.
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