…As IMO/NIMASA trains ISPS Code compliance officers in Nigeria
The International Maritime Organisastion(IMO) on Monday commended the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA) for achieving 90 per cent compliance levels amongst the International Ship and Port Facility Security(ISPS) applicable port facilities in Nigeria.
IMO’s lead consultant and trainer, Mr. Brian Cranmer, gave the commendation in Lagos at the opening ceremony of the advanced drills and exercises training organized by the IMO for personnel of NIMASA and other relevant government agencies at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.
Opening the session, which is the third in a 4-part series, Cranmer said: “Nigeria is doing well in ISPS Code compliance.
He expressed confidence that at the end of the training programme , the participants would have been further equipped to confidently carry out drills and exercises in ISPS compliance.
He said: “At the end of the week, you will have a group of people who can go out and use the standard for international programme to carry out the drills and exercises in all your port facilities and the various organisations for the compliance programmes of the ISPS Code.”
He noted the importance of putting in place a monitoring programme in order to sustain the standards already achieved.
His words: “Like with any activity in relation to regulating and monitoring, you have to set a monitoring programme in place. So, the standards require that you carry out audits, inspection of port facilities, and various types of training.”
Also speaking, the Executive Director Operations in NIMASA, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin, appreciated the IMO for supporting NIMASA through the cost-free trainings to further boost the human capacity of key personnel who are responsible for ensuring compliance with the ISPS Code in Nigeria.
He said: “This training programme, which is the third in a 4-part series, planned and executed cost-free by the IMO, represents another clear demonstration of the IMO’s commitment to building competence among States in the implementation of key Maritime Conventions.”
Fashakin, noted that the training resulted from an IMO Need Assessment carried out in January 2016 when it was observed that NIMASA had recorded a high standard in its implementation of the ISPS Code and therefore deserved additional training for key personnel of the agency in the implementation of the provisions of the Code.
He also highlighted the fact that the basis of the Code is to establish a credible and self-sustaining system.
His words: “The philosophy of the Code is not merely the establishment of common security standards for ships and port facilities around the world but the entrenchment of a system that is self-sustaining and self-examining.
“This is the idea behind the regular drills and exercises that are mandatory for ships and port facilities, with a view to testing the integrity of the system.”
Fashakin disclosed that NIMASA has created jobs in addition to achieving 90 per cent compliance levels in applicable port facilities, as NIMASA has “been able to create a new corps of maritime professionals; the Recognised Security Organisations, who complement NIMASA’s efforts in the mandatory ISPS Code inspection.”
The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, was represented at the event by the Executive Director Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Gambo Hamed.
Other trainers on the five-day programme include Mr. Terry Ajobena, and Mr. Daniel Donovan.