Calabar Port is safe and has not recorded any case of hijacking of ships by pirates, the manager of the port, Mrs Olufunmilayo Olotu, has said.
Olotu, who made the statement on Tuesday in Calabar in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that the port had also not recorded any form of threat from illegal maritime operators.
She said that the port was safe for business in view of the large volume of vessels berthing with liquid products.
“In terms of security, the marine police, the navy and other security agencies are on ground to ensure safety of the vessels along the water ways.
“We are in partnership with the Navy and the marine police; whenever our pilots are going to board vessels, they are accompanied by men of the navy or the marine police.
“We have enjoyed that support and collaboration from these two security agencies,’’ she added.
Olotu said that the Calabar channel is viable for fishing and other maritime activities.
She said that staff of Nigeria Port Authority, (NPA) especially those in the water front, are trained regularly in line with international best practices.
The manager commended the Federal Government for adequate funding of the ports.
She said that outstanding liabilities of personnel of Calabar port had been cleared by the government.
“The present administration does not believe in piling up debts; when the executive orders came, they asked us to make our requests, and those requests were granted without delay, “Olotu said.