Lagos – The Port Manager, Rivers Port Complex, Mr Abubaar Umar, on Friday lauded the effort of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for delivering prompt services.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Umar made the commendation during a courtesy visit to NIMASA Port Service Comptroller, Mr Umar Dachia.
The manager said that since he took over, he had not received any complaint of delay on ship clearance from shipping agents.
According to him, it shows that NIMASA recognises the issue of trade relationship and its statutory responsibility.
The manager, who pointed out some of the challenges faced by the port, including piracy attack, said it was the immediate responsibility of NIMASA to ensure safety and security on the water ways.
“The importance of security patrol on the water ways cannot be overemphasised as it gives ship owners the confidence of doing business in the port without having the fear of being attacked.
“Another issue is the change of status of shipping company by NIMASA,’’ Umar said.
He advised that changes should be made known to him because as the head of the port, it was necessary to be informed, citing an instance where a vessel that had
been cleared was later detained without information.
He reiterated the fact that as sister agencies representing the nation’s interest, the collective interest should be the watch word.
“We will not play with safety and any other thing that has to do with risk.
Responding,, Dachia expressed appreciation over the visit, adding it signaled respect for the agency.
“ A Memorandum of Understanding was entered with the Navy too; the agency has safety units that are always in contact with those at the vessel.
“It is clear we are all striving towards the same goal and the guidance and assistance of the port is highly needed,’’ Dachia said.
He promised to deploy his personnel to ensure prompt dissemination of information on documentation of ship clearance and operations.