Policing, element of virile maritime sector —NIMASA DG
The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside has stated that effective policing is an essential component of the development and growth process of the Nigerian maritime sector.
The DG stated this while receiving a delegation of the Police Force, Maritime Command led by the Commissioner of the Command, CP David Folawiyo who paid him a courtesy visit at the Nigerian Maritime Resource Development Centre (NMRDC), Lagos.
He noted that the police officers’ first order of business was to serve and protect; and that as an agency of the government of Nigeria, whose mandate includes ensuring safety of Nigeria’s waterways, NIMASA places premium on security and all legal agencies and instruments that facilitate and complement delivery of these mandates.
According to the DG, “Let me commend you for what is in the offing to improve the nation’s maritime sector, particularly your plan to provide more police personnel to secure our waterways. We are impressed for the plans you have put in place to complement our efforts in ensuring that our maritime domain is safe for maritime and shipping activities to thrive. We are opened to partnership and collaboration, especially with the Nigerian Police Force.”
He observed that security has a wide implication for the maritime sector and that NIMASA is taking the issue of maritime security seriously in line with the global industry benchmark and standard, particularly the International Ships and Ports Facility security (ISPS) Code to enhance growth and regional stability.
Speaking further, Dr Peterside commended the delegation and the entire Maritime Command of the police force, noting that a symbiotic relationship between NIMASA and other institutions of government in Nigeria was necessary to guarantee safety and security of the maritime corridor.
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