The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that the agency will not rest on its oars until 100 per cent compliance of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code is achieved in all port facilities across the country.
Peterside stated this at the opening of a five-day Advanced Drills and Exercises Workshop organised by NIMASA in conjunction with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for ISPS Implementation Officers.
He stated that the agency is committed to increasing the compliance level from the present 90 per cent to 100 per cent.
Peterside, who was represented at the event by the Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services of the agency, Mr. Gambo Ahmed, said that the NIMASA realises the importance of capacity building towards the successful implementation of the Code hence, the need for frequent training of the enforcement officers in order to acquaint them with the current rudiments.
According to him, â€œIt is no secret that we have made giant strides in ISPS code implementation in Nigeria. We do not wish to rest as the zeal to attain 100 per cent compliance in all port facilities can only be achieved if the officers are technically equipped and updated on international standards required for ISPS Code Implementation.â€
The DG further commended the IMO for its continuous technical support to Nigeria adding that the support has assisted the country in the successful implementation of the code.
In his words: â€œThe support of the IMO in providing peer review and other forms of technical support has played an integral role in assisting us as the Designated Authority in raising the bar of the implementation of the Code. Through this support we have been able to steadily increase compliance levels amongst ISPS applicable facilities and our officers have been able to guide compliance and boost awareness levels in the maritime environment.â€
The NIMASA boss also emphasised the agencyâ€™s commitment towards ensuring the ports and terminals are safer and more reliable to do business in line with the federal governmentâ€™s Agenda of Ease of Doing Business.
On his part, the Executive Director, Operations, NIMASA, Rotimi Fashakin, who is the line executive director on the implementation of the code, said with the commitment being shown by the management towards the effective implementation of the code, in no time the agency will achieve its goal of ensuring 100 per cent compliance.
Also speaking at the event, IMO Lead Consultant, Mr. Brian Cranmer, said that he was impressed with the zeal of NIMASA towards ensuring compliance of ISPS Code in Nigeria. He promised IMOâ€™s continuous support to the agency and indeed Nigeria towards the implementation of relevant IMO instruments.