The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says the Federal Government will continue to safeguard Nigeria’s marine environment to improve on revenue generation.
Amaechi stated this on Friday in Lagos at the inauguration of the Command, Control, Communication and Intelligence System of the Nigerian Ports Authority.
He said: “It is pertinent, therefore, to note that the development of this facility began with an approval in 2013 with the aim of providing Business Intelligence for the movement of vessels and cargoes as well as providing improved and secured communications within our waterways for enhancement of efficiency within the nation’s seaports.
“I wish to reiterate that this is one of the positive responses to the dynamics of port modernisation as well as device for stemming the safety, security and operational challenges facing the port system and the maritime industry.
“Let me state that the seaports in Nigeria provide one of the major platforms for trade facilitation with about 90 per cent of our imports and exports being done through the seaports.”
The Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Usman, said the authority would undertake detailed security assessment of port facilities.
Usman said: “On issues relating to maritime security, responsibility is placed on the ports authority to undertake detailed security assessment of port facilities and identify threats in order to checkmate them.
Source: The Eagle Online