The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has assured officers and men of Nigeria Police, Maritime Command of active support and collaboration, adding that both the police and NIMASA have related responsibilities.
Dakuku stated this while receiving a delegation of the Police Maritime Command, led by the Command’s Commissioner, CP David Folawiyo who paid him a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Maritime Resource Development Centre (NMRDC), Lagos.
Stressing that effective policing is an essential component of development and growth process of the Nigerian Maritime sector, Dakuku noted that because the Police Officers’ first order of business was to serve and protect, nobody could therefore adequately appreciate their mandate than NIMASA, an agency of government, whose core mandate, include among others ensuring safety of the Nigerian’s waterways.
The DG maintained that agency places premium on security and all legal agencies as operational instruments, hence his sincere commitment to continue to facilitate and complement delivery of these mandates.
According to him “Let me commend you for what is in the offing to improve the nation’s maritime sector, particularly your plan to provide more police personnel to secure our waterways.
“We are impressed for the plans you have put in place to complement our efforts in ensuring that our maritime domain is safe for maritime and shipping activities to thrive. We are open to partnership and collaboration, especially with the Nigerian Police Force”.
The NIMASA boss observed that sound security has wide range implication for the maritime sector and that NIMASA is taking the issue of Maritime security seriously in line with the global industry benchmark and standard and in line with the International Ships and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) Code prescription, to enhance growth and regional stability.
He commended the delegation and the entire Maritime Command of the Police Force, pointing out that a symbiotic relationship between NIMASA and other institutions of government in Nigeria was necessary to guarantee safety and security of the nation’s Maritime corridor, and further promote ease of doing business in the country, in line with the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC).
Speaking earlier, the Police Commissioner, Maritime Command, CP Folawiyo indicated that his command was in NIMASA to fraternize with the agency for its achievements, since the assumption of Dr. Peterside as Director General; and to also chart a path of possible partnership and collaboration as well as inform the agency of the Command’s plans and activities, explaining that a strong cogent relationship between NIMASA and the Nigerian Police Force was necessary to ensure a safer and secure maritime environment.