Lagos – The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has reiterated its commitment to ensuring 100 percent compliance to the International Ship and Port facility Security, ISPS, Code is achieved in all port facilities across the country.

NIMASA Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, stated this at the advanced drills and exercises workshop organised by NIMASA in conjunction with the International Maritime Organisation, IMO, for ISPS implementation officers in Lagos.

He said NIMASA is committed to increasing the compliance level from the present 90 percent to 100 percent.

Peterside, who was represented at the event by the Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services of the agency, Mr. Gambo Ahmed, said that agency realised 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 of implementing the Code.

According to him, “It is no secret that we have made giant strides in ISPS Code implementation in Nigeria. We do not wish to rest on our laurels as the zeal to acquire 100% 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”.

He commended IMO for technical support to Nigeria, saying this has assisted the country in the successful implementation of the code.

In his words, “The 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”.

In the same vein, the Executive Director, Operations of NIMASA, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin, who is the line executive director on the implementation of the Code, said that with the commitment being shown by the NIMASA management towards the effective implementation of the Code, the agency will in no time achieve its goal of ensuring 100% compliance.

Also speaking at the event, the IMO lead consultant, Mr. Brian Cranmer, said he was impressed with the zeal of NIMASA towards ensuring compliance with the ISPS Code in Nigeria.

He promised IMO’s continued support to the agency and indeed Nigeria towards the implementation of relevant IMO instruments.

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