Heritage Bank Plc and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) have joined forces to educate stakeholders about the maritime enforcement global benchmarks.
The training session, which had as its theme: Maritime Enforcement Safety: Current Global Benchmarks, had representatives from the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Ports Authority, Lagos State Safety Council, Shippers Council, Marine Insurers, Maritime & Dockworkers Safety Inspector and Marine Police in attendance.
Addressing participants at the workshop held in Lagos, a statement from the bank quoted its Group Head, Private Banking, Private Wealth Management, Victor Amakwe to have said at Heritage Bank, “we understand the importance of health safety, which implies that every working environment or workplace is kept in an organised, uncluttered, and hazard-free condition.”
According to him, the benefits of the partnership was far-reaching, and “affect not only workers’ safety but also their health and productivity.”
“Improvements in worker health and productivity, in turn, lead to lower operating costs thereby providing benefits to both the workers and the employer”, he stated.
Amakwe commended the NIMASA for its commitment to the enthronement of global best practices in the provision of maritime services in Nigeria, whilst ensuring effective maritime safety administration using modern tools that guarantee efficiency and effectiveness, towards developing indigenous capacity and tackling hindrances on our waterways.
He therefore assured the audience at the occasion that as a generational bank with excellent service culture hinged on working with each customer to create a name and heritage for today and future generations, Heritage Bank will continue to support and partner NIMASA on its drive for maritime safety and enforcement.
In his speech, the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, acknowledged that the mandate of his organisation was to ensure that any vessel using Nigeria’s waterways, both onshore and offshore, are safety conscious.
According to him, as a safety administrator, NIMASA cannot be enforcing safety when it is not operating in a safety environment. He emphasized that the safety standards are globally set and managed for the benefit of all nations.
The NIMASA boss explained that the workshop was organized to promote a culture of safety in operations of all stakeholders; for self-examination of each operation environment; and to evaluate the global best practices.