REMARKS OF THE COORDINATOR COUNTER TERRORISM CENTRE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE NATIONAL CHEMICAL SECURITY TRAINING CONFERENCE ON 12 MARCH 2018 AT SHERATON HOTEL ABUJA
- Considering the increase in cases of smuggling of harmful drugs, narcotics and other chemicals of concerns into Nigeria, it is agreed that NAFDAC and NDLEA should be deployed at the airports, seaports and other land ports in Nigeria, to work with other border agencies in chemical anti-smuggling enforcement.
- Conscious of the need to enhance knowledge in identification of drugs, narcotics, chemicals, explosives and fertilizers on the part of the border agencies, it was agreed that NCS, NIS, AVSEC and NPA personnel deployed at all land, sea and air border posts should be given awareness on explosives, accessories, drugs, narcotics, fertilizers and other chemicals of concerns.
- Aware that the current educational curriculum does not include chemical security and safety courses. It was agreed that the curriculum for chemical security and safety should be developed and introduced into the curriculum of secondary schools, tertiary and training institutions of relevant MDAs in Nigeria through the FME, SME, NUC, NBTE, NCCE etc.
- Considering the importance of certification and security vetting as a tool for regulating the downstream sector of the chemical industry, it was agreed that NAFDAC should ensure that only duly certified chemical practitioners, who are members of their professional bodies, are appointed as approved persons in chemical distributor companies, laboratories of secondary/tertiary educational institutions, including allied manufacturing industries in Nigeria.
- Noting the safety and security implication of improper handling of chemicals, it was agreed that ONSA should set up a committee comprising experts from the MMSD, Min of Agriculture, NAFDAC, Min of Transport, Nigerian Railway Corporation, NNRA, NPF EOD, NSCDC, CEDAN, FEPSAN, SON, Nigeria Chemical Society and other relevant Stakeholders to prepare a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the handling of Hazardous Materials in Nigeria.
- Conscious of the importance of human reliability in security of the chemical industry, it was agreed that all chemical, explosives, accessories and fertilizer handling companies should have human reliability program/training as an integral part of their company security policy.
- Considering the importance of personnel data base infrastructure in the chemical industry, it was agreed that the MMSD and Min. of Agriculture should automate the application processes for appropriate explosives and fertilizers permits as applicable in chemicals permit by NAFDAC for chemicals.
- Concerned about the menace of drug abuse as a motivator for perpetrating violent extremism and other crimes, it was agreed that NAFDAC should expand the scope of its existing Federal Task Force on Fake and Counterfeit Drugs to address the menace of drugs/chemicals abuse and adulteration, including improper storage of hazardous chemicals in Nigeria.
- Considering the importance of strategic communications in creating awareness on the use of chemicals, it was agreed that NAFDAC, MMSD and Ministry of Agriculture should develop security advisory on general outreach media for chemicals, explosives, accessories and fertilizers in Nigeria. The media should also carry the contacts phone numbers of the MDAs.
- Noting the importance of advanced information in checking the activities and chemical abuse by individuals and criminal elements, it was agreed that MMSD, Ministry of Agriculture and NAFDAC should work out modalities to introduce whistle blowing initiatives to curb the menace of chemicals, explosives, accessories and fertilizer abuse/diversion in Nigeria.
- Considering the importance of maintaining a unified database, it was agreed that NAFDAC, MMSD, Ministry of Agriculture and other relevant MDAs should compile and maintain a biometric database of all approved responsible persons dealing with chemicals, explosives and accessories, including farmers handling fertilizers in Nigeria.