The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman has assured Nigerians that her Management would treat every issue of operational safety and security on the nation’s territorial waters with utmost concern.
Hadiza indicated this while hosting a Federal Government team for the implementation of the Harmonized Standard Operating Procedure on the arrest, detention and prosecution of offenders in the maritime environment, which paid a working visit to the NPA’s corporate headquarters in Marina, Lagos.
The Managing Director who hosted the team shortly after the news of Customs’ uncovering of 1,100 deadly rifles in a container at Tin Can Island Port, Lagos also, pledged to synergize with the Committee in order to holistically harmonize issues from Stakeholders, towards ensuring that all areas of concern in respect of the security are kept in the front burner.
Represented by the organization’s Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mohammed Bello Koko, the NPA Boss stressed that the Authority is dedicating premium resources towards contributing effectively in the area of providing arrested vessels location on the nation’s waters while calling for swift actions to be taken in order to evacuate such vessels, an activity she said would create a better enabling environment for greater operational efficiency.
“We are ensuring a safe and secured environment, by restoring sanity at our anchorages”, Hadiza highlighted, adding that this was just a vital aspect of a vision to further help in generating more funds for the nation.
She solicited support from stakeholders on the subject, noting that the place of information sharing in accomplishing a successful task, in this respect, cannot be over emphasized.
Earlier the chairman of the committee Rear Admiral FD Bobai informed the NPA Management that the Committee came as part of its sensitization efforts towards parleying with stakeholders, in order to ensure adequate collaboration and cooperation, aimed at coordinating the agenda and targets set before them.
Specifically, Bobai stated that the first challenge before the Committee is to bring about a safe Maritime Harbours in line with best practices.
Rear Admiral FD Bobai also assured that the Committee would partner with regional and sub-regional governance on Maritime safety and security for the Nigeria to harness plausible natural endowment, accruable to her by nature and, consequently join the comity of successful of Maritime nations.
He commended the NPA for milestones achieved in various facets and enjoined that the Authority’s management should not relent as the task of lifting the nation must be seen as a collective responsibility.