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Securing the ports


GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Securing the ports

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CAMERAS will be installed at all of Barbados’ ports of entry.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite made no bones about that decision yesterday when he announced: “Cabinet has instructed the minister responsible to do all within his power to immediately see that we have cameras at all of our ports of entry.”

Responding to a question yesterday on the often controversial issue, from Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) chairman Roseanne Myers, Brathwaite said a security audit had been conducted to identify gaps in the ports of entry, and he intended to go ahead with plans to have the cameras installed.

“Given the level of gun violence in this country, it has to be done and we have to get it done,” he said.

Pointing to the continuous push-back to the idea from some people while citing a security audit which had identified the gaps, Brathwaite declared: “There should be no reason why customs officers, the trade unions or anyone should be against what we consider a national security matter.”

Brathwaite said they were also moving towards scanning of all containers entering the Bridgetown Port, “along with enhanced use of scanners and security cameras at all ports of entry”. (GC)

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.

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