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The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has assured stakeholders in the Maritime sub-sector of the drive of the agency in prioritizing matters concerning work place and operations areas Health, Safety/Security and Environment (HSE) standards.
She said the target is to continue in the provision of essential support across the nation’s Seaports in order to ensure efficient and safer Port Services in line with international best practices.
Flagging off a fire drill at the Authority’s Headquarters in Lagos, Usman observed that the efforts are aimed at sensitizing officers of the organization, business concerns within and around the Head office on the dictates and imperative of upholding the ethics of emergency response in the case of fire disaster and other safety and security concerns.
The statement signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Elder Nduonofit Effiong said she eulogized the contributions of the organization’s Health Safety and Environmental (HSE) Division at its readiness towards securing lives, stressing that “We have deployed two fire trucks and they have shown their knowledge at addressing fire”.
“We are happy with their abilities, the hydraulic platforms are functional, and we have the capability at addressing fire at the NPA and beyond.
Earlier, the General Manager Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Yusuf Ahmed observed that the sensitization drill which was the first in the row, was aimed at assessing the operational efficiency and readiness of her personnel during emergency situations.
Ahmed added that “there is a procedure of evacuating the workforce to Muster Points in case of fire out- break that is what we have tried to demonstrate and uphold”. He further assured that the drill will henceforth become a quarterly activity to inculcate the spirit of safety both at workplace and operations sites. Several top brass of the Authority graced the drill and expressed satisfaction.