The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said that it would continue to encourage the cooperation and collaboration amongst the nation’s maritime agencies in order to achieve a seamless synergy in inter-agency maritime operation.
Its Managing Director, Malam Habib Abdullahi, gave the assurance while receiving a delegation of the Federal government committee on Inter-Agency Maritime Coordinating Committee (IMOCC) in his office in Lagos.
The Managing Director explained that the synergy would ensure a cordial relationship among government agencies and will enable them service the nation for common goal.
In a statement signed on behalf of General Manager, Public Affairs, Michael Ajayi by by an assistant general manger, Musa Iliya, Abdullahi commended the activities of the IMOCC in the nations maritime sector. He however reiterated the urgent need for capacity building in the nation’s maritime sector, saying that there is the need to design succession plan which would assure that there would be no vacuum in marine professionals in the nearest feature.
This according to the Managing Director has become necessary because the human element is the most important factor amongst others necessary to keep the industry going and serving the nation effectively.
While expressing the optimism that the organisation would benefit at the end of the Committee’s assignment, malam Abdullahi assured that the NPA will support the Committee to enable it accomplish it mandates.
Earlier in his address, the chairman of the Committee Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor stated that the Committees area of focus include safety and security, cabotage implementation and revenue generation and therefore seek cooperation from the agencies in the industry.
Rear Admiral Ogbor also said that the state of illegality in the maritime sector should be quickly addressed as the government is not happy about it.
The chairman of the Committee added that proper coordination and cooperation of agencies in the industry is vital for improved revenue generation and better operations
Rear Admiral Ogbor congratulated the Managing Director of NPA on his appointment and pray that God should grant him the wisdom to do the job.
Also the authority is to partner with all communities where it has corporate presence, as part of its renewed Community Relations Policy.
Abdullahi gave the assurance in Lagos on Monday, while receiving a delegation from Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area(LIELCDA) who paid him a courtesy call.
The Managing Director assured the delegation that the Organisation will take special interest in the development of the area under its renewed community relation policy.
He recalls that the Authority had a long standing relationship with the LIELCDA, adding that the new management of the Organisation will continue to sustain the cordial relationship through enduring community related projects.
He reasoned that Nigerian Ports Authority is proud to be associated with Lagos Island being the centre of Commerce which host several Conglomerates in all sectors of the economy.
Earlier the Executive Chairman of the LIELCDA Comrade Kamal Salau - Bashua had congratulated the Managing Director on his appointment and wished him a successful tenure of office.
The occasion was witnessed by the three Executive Directors of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Engr, David Omonibeke, in charge of Marine & Operations, Mr Mohammed Sani Saleh for Engineering & Technical Services,as well as Mr Olumide Odutan, for Finance & Admin