NPA commissions ultra-modern records office for enhanced operations
The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has commissioned a state-of-the-art ultra-modern e-Documents Management and Records centre at its Corporate Headquarters in Marina Lagos in a bid to enhance operational efficiency.
The Acting Managing Director of the Authority, Mohammed Bello Koko, who unveiled the e- centre, described it as a testament to the management’s relentless efforts aimed at comprehensively improving the agency’s position at developing seamless customer-based services and operations.
He noted that it is the strategic intent of the authority to sustain competitiveness in the sub-region by giving priority to documents safety through automation and digitalization
Bello Koko stated that in adherence to the Authority’s plan to deploy a 360-degree Document Management solution, management aspires to migrate from physical archiving to digitalization up to workflow via Electronic Documents Management Solution (EDMS) with strategies to localise same at Port locations as functional retention centres.
At the moment the Authority has two other functional retention centres in Apapa and Port Harcourt to serve the Lagos and Eastern ports respectively.
This is in addition to another record centre undergoing automation located along the Apapa port area.
The NPA Acting Managing Director added that the speed and seamless nature of the EDMS in records storage and processing has a bearing on the organization’s desire in achieving customer satisfaction and excellence whilst promoting the Ease of doing business.
He said: ”In fact, this event is very much in synchronization with our drive towards attaining compliance status of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO).
The ISO framework for records Management, positions organisations like the NPA to reap the benefits of enhanced records Management.
This he said, includes meeting legal obligations for accurate storage and retrievals” adding that the documents Management Solutions would institute a clear regime of improved accountability and transparency in addition to strengthening our auditing system and training process to a world-class standard.
The Documents solution centre which is of the American model, will not only serve as a source for information storage and retrieval but as a reservoir of data of enduring values.
Bello Koko further expressed confidence at the realization of the Authority’s vision of deploying a single window to access records across all Port locations.
While the Documents solution Centre is expected to serve as an antidote to vandalism, theft and arson, the Acting Managing Director, enjoined all staff of the Authority to take ownership of the facility, reminding them to deepen their maintenance culture while also admonishing them not to let the investment in the project be a wasteful venture.
He said it is envisaged, that before the end of 2021, the pilot project of the end-to-end documents management solution would have been achieved.
Traffic gridlock returns to Apapa port as Federal government closes Total bridge for maintainance works
“Given the impact the closure will have on Port users, the Authority in partnership with LASTMA, Police, FRSC, and the Nigerian Navy have worked out alternative routes and are on the ground to manage the traffic situation in the affected areas.
“The Authority wishes to solicit the understanding and cooperation of all stakeholders as we continue to support measures to mitigate the temporary disruptions, the NPA pleaded.
NIMASA collaborates with NCC to regulate submarine cable operation for enhanced navigational safety on Nigerian waters
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Apparently alarmed by the indiscriminate laying of communication cables and pipelines underneath the Nigerian waters by telecommunications operators and other allied professionals which has the potential of harming the safe navigation of ships, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) has engaged the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in a strategic discussion to forge a formidable synergy with other relevant stakeholders with a view to developing a regulatory framework to provide operational guidelines for submarine Cable and Pipeline Operators in Nigeria.
Officials of both organs of Government in Lagos reached this agreement at a pre Audit meeting on submarine cable regulation.
The Director General of NIMASA Dr. Bashir Jamoh, who chaired the meeting, which also had the Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) Mr. Dasuki Arabi in attendance, noted that the Agency is committed to the Ease of Doing Business while implementing International Conventions which Nigeria has ratified and domesticated.
He noted that with Nigeria now a destination for global communication players, the time has come to prevent unregulated underwater cable laying, which might become hazardous to shipping.
According to him, “It is worthy to note that marine cable laying has been ongoing for over two decades in Nigerian waters.
“Our focus is to ensure the safety of navigation of shipping in Nigerian waters with all these underwater cables being laid.
“NIMASA is actually developing the guidelines to regulate submarine cable operators in line with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, UNCLOS; which we have ratified and NIMASA is the Agency of Government in Nigeria responsible for its implementation.
“Collaboration is a key component of ease of doing business in the best interest of the country and we will work closely with the NCC to achieve this”.
On his part, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, who was represented by the Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, Efosa Idehen, noted that the stakeholders’ dialogue strategy adopted by NIMASA in developing the guidelines would ensure a win-win situation, urging NIMASA management to include the Ministry of Justice, a request NIMASA DG immediately granted.
Also speaking at the meeting was the Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms Mr. Dasuki Arabi, who commended NIMASA and NCC for adopting effective Inter-Agency collaboration to avert a potential challenge for the country in the future.
NIMASA had notified submarine and cable operators in Nigeria of a soon-to-be-implemented regulatory guideline for submarine cables and pipelines in Nigeria, in line with the provisions of UNCLOS.
NIMASA and the NCC agreed to identify and resolve areas of likely regulatory overlaps, ensuring a regulatory framework based on consultation to engender the attainment of Nigeria’s digital economy transformation.
Officials of the Federal Ministry of Environment and representatives of Submarine Cable operators in Nigeria were also at the meeting.
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