The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has on Monday in Lagos, said that is determined to ensure that all port facilities in Nigeria comply fully with the provisions of the International Ships and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

This is as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on Monday, commenced a 5-day Advanced Drills and Exercises Workshop for NIMASA’s ISPS implementing officers.

ISPS code was developed after 9/11 terrorist attack in US to prevent the reoccurrence of terrorism attack through the maritime sector.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the workshop, Dakuku Peterside, director general of NIMASA commended IMO for providing the agency with the technical support for ensuring that Nigerian port facilities effectively comply with the Code.

Represented by Gambo Ahmed, executive director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, the NIMASA boss said that the agency has increased its compliance levels in port facilities.

“We do not wish to rest as the zeal to achieve 100 percent compliance in all port facilities if officers are technically equipped and updated on international standards required for ISPS Code implementation.

Peterside assured that NIMASA is determined to provide safe and secure ports for maritime and economic activities on Nigerian waters to thrive.

Rotimi Fashakin, executive director operations of NIMASA said Nigeria’s achievement has not only received the endorsement of peer review partners, but the commendations of the US Coast Guard.

“Nigeria was about 13 percent compliance when NIMASA was given the responsibility of maritime security as designated authority, but today, Nigerian port facilities under NIMASA, has achieved 90 percent compliance in 2017,” he said.

NIMASA has over 123 port facilities to cater for under tight budgetary allocation. The agency has created a new crop of maritime professionals called the Recognised Security Organisations to help in carrying out mandatory ISPS Code inspection.

“This has generated employment in line with the Federal Government’s co0mmittment to create jobs and alleviate poverty.”

Brain Cranmer, IMO’s lead consultant stated that IMO created some funds, which is generated from other member countries for the purpose of conducting training programmes in countries like Nigeria.

“Nigeria is a member of the IMO because is a maritime nation and member nations contribute to funding programme, which is used to help develop capacity among countries,” he added.

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