26 February 2015, Lagos -The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has said that the International Ships and Ports facility Security (ISPS) Code compliance level has risen from a mere 7 per cent to 83 per cent in the last two years. –
NIMASA’s Director General, Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi said that there is improved ISPS compliance level in Nigerian ports and terminals , adding that the success story of ISPS Code compliance has enhanced better environment for port operations.
“The improved International Ship and Port Facility Security Code compliance level in Nigerian ports and terminals has pitched those benefiting from the status quo against the agency.
“Since the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan administration appointed the agency as the Designated Authority for the implementation of the ISPS Code in the country, the compliance level rose from 7 perc ent to 83 percent within two years”.
He noted that the compliance level has eliminated wharf rats, hawking and even touting within the ports’ vicinity, adding that unlike in the past; one can now import goods and be sure that the goods will arrive in tact without the usual dreadful experience.
The agency boss disclosed that the NIMASA’s satellite surveillance centre has also assisted in the quest to combating illicit activities in the Nigerian maritime domain , noting that the agency can respond to distress calls on Nigerian waters and beyond.
He said that the 24 hours satellite equipment has the capacity to detect boats, ships and objects predefined cross section floating on waters, which has helped to reduce incidence of piracy and oil theft to the barest minimum.
“We remain committed to the ideals setting up NIMASA and resolute in efforts at evolving a responsive and responsible safety administration in the belief that the future of our country can only be guaranteed by focused leadership”.
Akpobolokemi added that the sponsors of oil theft and pirate attacks are against the agency, hence the numerous mudslinging on the agency and its leadership.
“It is on record that NIMASA in the preceding years demonstrated an uncommon sense of purpose which has resulted in the evolution of a bold maritime safety administration and a responsive and visionary agency committed to growing the potential of the sector through creation of capacities, jobs and various opportunities ultimately designed to propel Nigeria into that enviable status of a maritime nation” he said.