Story By Gloria Ehiaghe.
To ensure that navigational safety and security occupied prime positions in operations at the nation’s seaports, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said it would collaborate with stakeholders in sustaining effective hydrographic charting of the nation’s navigable channels.
The agency also assured operators in the sub-sector and international community that it will uphold the highest standards in all operational activities in order to attract more businesses to the Nigerian ports.
The Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Usman, stated this when a delegation of the Nigerian Hydrographic Society (NHS) visited the headquarters in Lagos.
She urged the hydrographers to step up operations concerning safety and security of lives and cargo within the port community.
“The NPA management will synergise with the Nigerian Navy in the actualisation of safe anchorage across board in national maritime activities,’’ Usman said.
In his remark, president of Nigerian Hydrographic Society (NHS), Commodore Chukwuemeka Okafor, said that the society would support NPA’s efforts in enthroning best practices.
While he urged the agency to sustain the storage of its hydrographic materials in the archives for effective use, Okafor added that some of the materials available for use dated back to hydrographic charting of Nigerian navigable waters in 1892.
The hydrographer of the navy who pledged a mutual relationship with the NPA said: “NPA and Nigerian Navy are to also collaborate at a Conference of Hydrographers coming up in October 2017, during which greater sensitisation on issues will be highlighted.”