Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for its efforts to improve security
and operational efficiency within Nigeria’s maritime domain.
Thursday in Lagos by a visiting coast guard team led by Lt. Comdr. Janna
Ott. The delegation was in Nigeria to inspect facilities and ports.
Security Programme, said NIMASA had taken laudable steps to improve Nigeria’s
compliance with the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) code.
They were very helpful.I thank them for their frank and open discussion in allowing us
to give them our observations. Hopefully, they can take whatever we have given
them to heart and start working on them right away.”
ISPS zones at the ports.
gaining access and they are authorised to be there before they go through those
gates of the ISPS zone,” Ott stated.
with the proficiencies of all the security personnel in holding people
accountable that are coming through those port facilities. We already had a
very good discussion with NIMASA,” she added.
said the country had made significant progress in addressing the issue of
access control around the port areas.
Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Bashir Jamoh, said, “The issue
of access control is one of the paramount areas. The access road, access
control, those are very important areas.
ports. We started implementing it early this month.”
with the private sector to ensure that all port facilities in Nigeria were
implementation of the ISPS Code, stressing that Nigeria has moved from
implementation to enforcement.
dealing with them. One of the things we have introduced is training. We are
aware that some of the facilities have these issues. Right now, most of them
are going into biometric access control, which you observed in some of the
terminals, like MRS, Five Star Logistics, etc.
facilities and create better awareness for them to implement effective access
control strategies. We will be consistent in the things we do because we have
our executive management’s buy-in and support to do our job.
where after several engagements and if facilities do not comply with those
required standards, we start to sanction them and even get them shut down.”
towards ISIS Code implementation compliance. They regularly visit Nigeria to
monitor implementation of the ISPS in Nigeria.