By Godwin Oritse
Contrary to media reports on the poor maritime security arrangement in the Nigerian port industry, by the United States Coast Guard, the Port Facility Security Officers, PFSO Forum, and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency has faulted the report.
Speaking on the development, Chairman of the Port Facility Security Officer,PFSO, Forum, Dr. Ignatius Uche told Vanguard Maritime Report that the Global Integrated Shipping Information System, GISIS is domiciled in the IMO and not the office of the U.S Coast Guard adding that it is from the platform global report on port security is received.
He explained that what is peddled in the media is the same report that in the GISIS portal saying that “that same report has been in the portal in the last three or four years as it has not been updated”
The security expert also said that if the recent report being bandied by maritime based newspapers was anything to be considered, then the entire economy would have been in jeopardy.
He said “The only difference in the report is the date, the same report that was published four years ago, is the same report we have today on the website of the U. S Coast Guard.
“My brother, check the report of 2016 and check the current report of 2019, they are the same thing, there is no difference.
“The U.S. Coast Guard does not receive a report from Nigeria, it is the IMO that receives a report from Nigeria.
“The U. S. Coast Guard works with whatever is in the Global Integrated Shipping Information System, GISIS and we know that the GISIS has not been updated.
“What the U.S. Coast Guard is working with is what has been in the GISIS three or four years ago.
“What is being reported is not a true reflection of what is on the ground”
Similarly, the Head of the International Ship and Port Facility Security, ISPS Code, Captain Green Igbogi also told Vanguard Maritime Report that the recent media is not a true reflection of the current situation adding that officials of the U.S. Coast Guard visit Nigeria about three times to update themselves on the implementation processes and procedures of the ISPS Code in the port industry.
Igbogi explained that if the report was contrary to what in the media, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA would be the first to have such a report.
“What is being reported is obviously not true, it is contrary to what is on ground” Igbogi said.