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Safety issues crucial to my administration — Omatseye

THE Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, has said it is set to increase the International Security and Port Facility Security (ISPS) level in Nigeria to level two from the present level one within the next two months. The agency’s director general, Temi Omatseye, who disclosed this while hosting executive members of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping in Lagos, noted that safety issues are very important to his administration.

Omatseye also stated that NIMASA is set to create a 24 hour threat response centre to boost its safety operations adding that the agency would carry out an ISPS compliance audit on all vessels in the country in September 2009. He noted that non-compliant vessels may be sanctioned, stressing that his administration will adopt a direct and focused option in regulating the industry, added that they would reach out to stakeholders, with particular attention to capacity building. Commenting on the dearth of seafarers in the country, the NIMASA helmsman noted that his administration will ensure that the Nigerian Seafarers development programme succeeds.


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