NIMASA may shut down ISPS non- compliant ports


The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Wednesday warned that every port, not in total compliance with the International Ships and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code may be shut down, soon.

The observation was made by the Director General, Patrick Akpobolokemi, at a one day seminar organized by the Lagos Shippers Association at the Rockview Hotel, Apapa.

“We are happy to note that the major ports are fully ISPS code compliant”, the NIMASA Boss who was represented by a director of the agency Mr. Ibrahim Jibril said, adding that “it is important to indicate here that those ones that are not yet in total compliance will be shut down very soon”.

Akpobolokemi said that while it was important to encourage economic activities, the agency would not  compromise it statutory mandate, to the international community.

“NIMASA is doing everything possible to encourage trade. But the NIMASA would also do everything possible to ensure that every port in Nigeria, fully complies with the Security code too”, he emphasized.

The agency also frowned on the present state of the nation’s access roads to the ports, especially in Lagos, stressing that it was no doubt, contributing to the increasing man-hour wastage, and doing incalculable harm to maritime business.