By Gboyega Oni
Safety and security of vessels operations and activities on the nation’s territorial waters and seas is a major concern to the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), says Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director of NPA.
Usman pledged to synergize with the Committee on Harmonized Standard Operating Procedure on the arrest, detention and prosecution of offenders in the maritime environment so as to harmonize issues towards covering all areas of concern in respect of the subject.
The managing director stated this in a press statement signed by Abdullahi Goje, General Manager, Corporate & Strategic Communication of the Nigerian Ports Authority.
The managing director stated this when she received the chairman of the committee Rear Admiral FD Bobai who paid her a courtesy visit in Lagos.
Represented by the Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Mohammed Bello Koko, Usman stated that the NPA management is paying premium towards contributing effectively in the area of providing arrested vessels location on the nation’s waters.
Calling for swift actions to be taken in order to evacuate such vessels, the NPA boss said an activity would create a better enabling environment for greater operational efficiency admit a safe and secured environment, restoring sanity at our anchorages, adding that it would help generate more funds for the nation.
She further stated that the NPA is soliciting support from stakeholders on the subject adding that the place of information sharing in attaining a successful task in this respect cannot be over emphasized.
Speaking, Rear Admiral FD Bobai informed the NPA that the committee came on sensitization efforts at parleying with stakeholders to ensure adequate collaboration and cooperation in efforts aimed at coordinating the agenda and targets set before them so as to bring about a safe Maritime Harbours in line with best practices.
Rear Admiral FD Bobai told stakeholders that the major agenda facing the committee is to partner with regional and sub-regional governance on maritime safety and security for the nation to harness her plausible natural endowment accruable.