By Ngozi Onyeakusi —All Ports Facility Security Officers (PFSOs) have been charged to double their efforts and remain vigilant in their various facilities in order to curb high level of insecurity and threats in Nigeria’s maritime domain.

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman made this call in her goodwill message at the 2018 edition of the annual conference of Ports Facility Security Officers Forum of Nigeria, which took place in Cross River State recently.

The NPA boss who was represented by the General Manager, Security, Captain Iheanacho Ebubeogu, at the event which had the theme: ‘Integrated Maritime Security Architecture; A Panacea for Economic Growth of Nigeria,’ further urged the PFSOs to pay special attention to intelligence gathering and sharing of information with other security agencies at the ports, noting that this would enhance effective performance of their duties.

She commended the officers for their commitment to duty particularly in the implementation of the International Ships and Ports Security code since its inception in 2004, by keeping ports facilities and the entire maritime industry safe over the years.

The conference was hosted by the Niger Delta Maritime Security Area, a statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, NPA, Adams Jatto, indicated on Wednesday.