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Pilotage Districts Board members recommend urgent review of 1999 Ports Act

Members of the newly reconstituted Nigerian
Port Authority (NPA) Pilotage Districts Boards have recommended the urgent
review of relevant sections on pilotage in the Ports Act of 1999, to reflect
the present dynamics of the industry.

The members in a communique signed by 21
participants at the workshop also resolved that the “NPA Marine Pilots Training
Manual” be reviewed to ensure the proper and effective capacity for the
Authority’s trainee pilots.

These were part of the eleven points
communique adopted by the Pilotage Districts Board members at the end of their
two days’ workshop, which took place in Abuja on Wednesday.

Other highlights of the communique prioritized
the fact that there is need to integrate the evaluation and appraisal of pilots
in the Authority’s human resources process as highlighted by a presentation
from the Human Resources/Operations Division of the NPA.
workshop also showcased the imperatives of clearing the backlog of promotion of
pilots so that they can measure up with their peers in other departments.

According to the communique the Board called
for the provision of adequate marine craft to other pilotage districts outside
Lagos, to make them function optimally and further enhance safety of navigation
and operational efficiency amidst greater efficient customer service delivery.

On the engagement of Escravos pilot to provide
services in some segments of Delta port channel, the Board stressed the importance
of the certification of pilots and regulating their services in order to ensure
safety in the nation’s maritime domain.

The Board commended the Management of NPA for
responding to the enforcement of Electronic Chart Display Information System
(ECDIS) which will facilitate the training and equipment of the pilot.

Meanwhile, in his remarks at the inception of
the workshop, the Executive Director Marine and Operations, Dr. Sokonte Davies,
assured members of the Board that Management will render her maximum and an
unflinching support to enhance the success of pilotage activities in all the

Sokonte called on them to bring their
wealth of experience and professional competence to bear on Port operations
with a view to moving the Nigerian Maritime Industry and NPA in particular

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