Leader of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) delegation to Nigeria, Commander Thomas Foster, has expressed satisfaction with the infrastructural development on International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code implementation in the Lagos ports.
Commending the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), which is the designated authority (DA), for its strides in ensuring safety at the ports, Foster said it appeared that NIMASA has tremendous energy at the ports, as seen in all the ports visited in Lagos.
“The level of compliance has improved tremendously compared to our last visit. I therefore assure NIMASA that we will continue to work closely to achieve safer ports, jetties and terminals in Nigeria,” he added.
Meanwhile, towards the agency’s commitment to safety and security on the nation’s territorial waters, and in line with global best practices, the NIMASA Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, says the agency will ensure total compliance with the ISPS Code in all ports, terminals and jetties in the country.
Describing the USCG as the most valued partner in ensuring that Nigerian ports are safe for business, he reiterated that because Nigeria places high premium on security, the agency was determined to achieve 100 per cent ISPS Code implementation to guarantee the safety of vessels calling at or leaving the ports.
Peterside urged the USCG to continue rendering the necessary assistance to NIMASA, which is open to support and partnership, adding: “There is absolutely no doubt that we are determined to get it right, we only need support, assistance and all the encouragement we can get.
“We are determined to work with the United States Coast Guard to get it right in order to ensure that our ports are safe. Let me also reiterate that as a country, we appreciate the importance of getting security right at our ports, jetties and terminals and that we are committed to it.”