Maritime seeks implementation of port security code

David Adekunle, Lagos

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has again stated its position in ensuring the full implementation of the International Ships and Ports Facility Security, ISPS, Code in the nation’s ports.

NIMASA Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside was speaking at the opening of a five-day ISPS Code training programme in Lagos.

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“Efficient and talented workers are critical for the growth of the maritime sector and NIMASA will continually equip its staff with new knowledge and technologies necessary to ensure compliance with the ISPS Code,’’
 Dr. Peterside stated.

“People and values are hallmarks of a good and strong organisation…Recognising that our greatest asset is our people, the leadership of the maritime industry in Nigeria is committed to building a skilled and effective workforce. That is why we take advantage of every training programme to equip our people and prepare them for new challenges that come up daily in the course of carrying out their assignments,’’ he explained.

“ NIMASA has developed an in-house training initiative to continuously update the skills of its staff and keep them in tune with various developments in the industry.

“The Agency as the Designated Authority for the implementation of ISPS Code, will work with local and International stakeholders to develop quality industry specific training for its staff, to enhance their performance and productivity,’’ Dr. Peterside stressed.

The Director General also used the opportunity to thank the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi for showing rare leadership in the maritime industry.

“Things are turning around in here because we have a Minister who understands that the industry offers Nigeria a great opportunity to leapfrog our economy,” he added.

The ISPS Code training is facilitated by the International Maritime Organisation in conjunction with NIMASA on ISPS code compliance and the Federal Ministry of Transportation, to bridge the knowledge gaps and strengthen the code’s execution in Nigeria.

Mercy Cukwudiebere