NPA worried about safety, security on Nigeria’s territorial waters

PHOTO: Tonye Bakare

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has expressed concern over the safety and security of operations and activities on the nation’s territorial waters.

The Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, disclosed this during the visit of the Federal Government’s team for the implementation of the Harmonised Standard Operating Procedure on the arrest, detention and prosecution of offenders in the maritime environment, to the NPA corporate headquarters in Marina, Lagos.

Usman, who was represented by the Executive Director in charge of Finance and Administration, Mohammed Bello Koko, pledged to synergise with the committee in order to holistically harmonise issues from stakeholders towards covering all areas of concern in respect of the subject in the front burner.
She said the NPA is paying premium 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.

This, she said, would create a better enabling environment for greater operational efficiency; admit a safe and secured environment; restore sanity at our anchorage; and help generate more funds for the nation.

She however solicited 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.

The Chairman of the Committee, F.D. Bobai, said the committee came as part of its sensitisation efforts to parley 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 safe maritime harbours in line with best practices.



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