He stated further that the training was a follow up to the previous Ports Facilities Security Officers (PFSO’s) Training conducted by the IMO and NIMASA in August, 2016.
According to him “this training is a continuation of the series of trainings highlighted for technical support by the IMO for enhancement of Nigeria’s maritime security to sustain the high standard of the implementation in line with global best practices. The training will equip participants with in-depth skills of carrying out audits which will further reflect high level compliance by stakeholders”.
While commending other sister parastatals of the Agency, especially the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for their cooperation and dedication towards achieving a safe maritime environment, Dr. Peterside hinted that the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi has approved a unified biometric Identity Card system for operatives and workers that would be accessing any port facility in Nigeria to further boost security.
Responding to the DG’s comments, the IMO lead consultant Mr. Brian Cranmer commended the Management of NIMASA for its commitment towards the full implementation of the code, stating that the IMO will continue to support NIMASA to achieve this target.
It is worthy to note that the Dr. Dakuku Peterside led management of NIMASA is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the Nigerian maritime space is safe and secure for shipping activities; this is obvious in the reduction of Piracy on Nigeria’s waterways as released by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report recently.
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