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NPA MD advocates for improved security at the nation’s ports

Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, MD NPA

The Managing Director of Nigerian
Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, has called on all Ports Facility Security
Officers (PFSOs) to double their efforts and remain ever vigilant in their various
facilities in order to curb high level of insecurity and threats in Nigeria’s
Maritime domain.

Hadiza Bala Usman made this call in
her goodwill message to the 2018 edition of the annual conference of Ports
Facility Security Officers Forum of Nigeria which took place in Calabar, Cross
River state during the weekend.

The Managing Director further urged
the (PFSOs) to pay special attention to intelligence gathering and sharing of
information with other security agencies at the ports, noting that this will
further enhance effective performance of their duties.

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.

While reiterating the preparedness of
the Authority to collaborate with all relevant Security Agencies and other Stakeholders
for improved security at the ports, she disclosed that the organization will
continue to support the security officer in their efforts to ensure continuous
safety of Nigeria maritime domain.

The 4th annual conference
had as its theme; Integrated Maritime Security Architecture; A Panacea for
Economic Growth of Nigeria, was hosted by the Niger Delta Maritime Security

Highlight of the conference was the
presentation of Awards to individuals and organisations for their contributions
to the development of the forum. Organizational award went to the Nigerian
Ports Authority, NorthWest Petroleum and Gas Company LTD, Crown Flour Mills
etc, while individual awardee include former Chairman of the Forum, Alhaji
Anataku Suberu, Calabar Port Manager, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olotu, National Vice
Chairman, Dr. Ignatius Uche and the chairperson, Local Organizing Committee for
the conference, Mrs. Gloria Ayika.

Among the dignitaries who attended
the opening session are; the representative of the Flag Officer, Commanding
Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Ibrahim Adaji,
Commissioner of Police, Ports Authority Police, Eastern Ports, Port Harcourt, Mr.
Alex Okpara, Calabar Port Manager, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olotu, General Manager,
ECM Terminals Ltd, Mr. Diran Akorede and Deputy Comptroller, Nigerian Customs Service,
Mr. C D Wada.

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