NPA MD Advocates Improved Security At Nation’s Ports   

Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, has called on all Ports Facility Security Officers (PFSOs) to double their efforts and improve security at the nation’s ports.

Usman told made the call in Lagos while speaking about reforms necessary for ideal port operations.

Represented by the General Manager, Security;  Captain Iheanacho Ebubeogu, she commended the officers for their commitment to duty particularly on the implementation of the International Ships and Ports Security {ISPS] code since its inception in 2004, by keeping ports facilities and the entire maritime industry safe over the years.

She urged security personnel to pay more attention to intelligence gathering and sharing of information with other security agencies at the ports.

She said the move would enhance performance, broaden surveillance scope, improved port security, attract investments and create more jobs.

She expressed the readiness of the authority to always support all security agencies operating at the ports in order to ensure maximum security at the Nigerian maritime environment.

The NPA boss noted that, the Federal Government is anchoring on the maritime sector to spur the non-oil export variant of the nation’s revenue earner; such cannot be achieved without a reliable port operation.

She assured that, the NPA “will collaborate with all relevant security agencies and other stakeholders for improved security at the ports”

“The organisation will continue to support the security to ensure continuous safety of Nigerian maritime domain,’’ she said.