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NIMASA harps on ISPS Code, makes biometric ID Card compulsory for port users

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 the full implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code in Nigeria is attained.

He made the assertion during the opening of the ISPS code Auditors’ Training conducted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in conjunction with NIMASA in Lagos recently.

According to him NIMASA is the Designated Authority (DA) for the implementation of the code in Nigeria, and that is the reason why relevant trainings to acquaint operational Staff on the rudiments of ensuring that our Ports and Jetties remain safe for economic growth and development.

Dr. Peterside said “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”.

NIMASA further commended the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for its cooperation and dedication towards achieving a safe maritime environment.

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.

Cranmer noted that “This is evident by the promptness of the IMO towards the delivery of the important training to enhance the competence and capacity of the participants for the benefit of the Agency”.

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