The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has inaugurated an 11-member Emergency Response Team for strategic and immediate response to emergencies at the authority’s headquarters and across port locations in the country.
The Managing Director, NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman in a statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Adams Jatto in Lagos appealed to members to be ready to put themselves at the front-line of emergency response at the Marina headquarters at all times.
Bala-Usman who was represented by the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, NPA, Onari Brown noted that two committees would be constituted at the Port levels vis-a- vis Port Emergency Management Team (PEMT), and Port Emergency Response Team (PERT).
She added that details of their membership and modus of operation shall be duly communicated to all the Port locations.
“Every head of departments is a constituent part of this emergency response team and they have specific roles to play during emergencies. Respective officers must have a sense of responsibility to duty and ensure effective collaborations at such delicate periods,” the MD said.
“These committees are expected to among st other things respond proactively during work place emergencies covering fire, explosion incidents and medical emergencies among others.
“Other emergencies are public safety threats, armed robbery and terrorism threats, marine vessel collision in the port, accidental release of hazardous substances and natural disasters like flood or storm,” she said.