MARITIME SECURITY: NPA reiterates readiness to partner with Navy

The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has reiterated the Authority’s readiness to partner with the Nigerian Navy (NN) to ensure safe navigation on the country’s territorial waters.
Speaking during the courtesy visit of the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ibok Ibas, the NPA Managing Director, Mallam Habib Abdullahi, informed the visitors that the NPA has received additional boats, which, according to him, will complement the functions of the Navy.
Abdullahi said that the NPA would liaise with the NN on its specification of boats when purchasing more boats in the future.

The NPA boss assured that the organisation will give all necessary support and assistance to the Navy in performing its constitutional responsibility, especially in the area of strict compliance of ships at the anchorage to security regulations.
Abdullahi also appealed to the Navy to fast-track approval for the NPA to dredge and widen the protruding jetty, which, according to him, will improve shipping operations and would be mutually-beneficial to both the NPA and the NN.
Earlier, Ibas commended the NPA Management for its support and assistance over the years, adding that the Navy would appreciate if the NPA would in the future provide boats which are in the excess of 32 metres to the Western Naval Command, in order to further make the waters safer and more customer-friendly since both organisation operate within the maritime domain.
The FOC, who said that the visit was his first outing to any establishment since assuming office, pledged continuous collaboration with the NPA by sharing in the Authority’s vision of “delivering efficient port services in safe and secure environment” for the improved economic benefits of the maritime industry and Nigeria at large.

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