The Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) on Friday concluded a five-day training for 32 security personnel on the International Ship and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) code in Banjul.
The aim of the training was meant to sensitise participants on the ISPS code and by extension the relevant aspect of the Ports’ facility security plan to adequately inform participants about the port security policy, standard operating procedures and best practices; prepare participants to execute their duties and responsibilities as security guards; prepare participants to understand the perceived maritime security threats, and acquaint participants with port security measures.
The ISPS code is a comprehensive set of measures designed to enhance the security of ships and port facilities, developed in response to the perceived threats to ship and port facilities in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack in the United States.
Speaking at the closing, the Managing Director of the GPA, Lamin Sanyang stated that the Authority has taken it as a responsibility to train and improve the skill of its security personnel. He added that more of such training is in store hence at the end of the day better and efficient results are expected from the securities trained.
“No port can develop effectively without safe, security and compatibility, hence the Ports is mandated to improve its personnel credibility for the development of The Gambia; there should be a friendly relationship between customers of the port and security personnel,” Sanyang noted.
For her part, the Human Resource Manager of GPA, Begay Kah expressed delight with the conclusion of the training, noting that GPA is a signatory to most of the conventions relating to the ISPS code. She added that in a bid to implement provisions of this global security code, the Authority deems it necessary to continuously sensitise its security on means of preventing such threats within the port premises.
She revealed that there is the need for better vigilance by all and sundry especially those who have taken up the duty of securing lives and properties within the Authority.
Captain Kullay Manneh the Harbourmaster of GPA stated that the training does not only manifest the personal commitment to staff capacity building and continuous professional development but to ensure that the Banjul Port is safe and secure at all times.
Kullay pointed out that its purpose is to provide standard and consistent framework for evaluating risk in order to enable governments to counteract offset changes in threat with changes in vulnerability through determining appropriate security levels and proportionate security measures.
“Security is a sector that allows no compromise; it is a responsibility to be proactive and explore ever further option that adds to not only our security but cooperative international efforts in combating threats against ships and port facilities,” he added.
Ismaila Njie a participant assured his total submission to serve the GPA, noting that the knowledge gained will be put into good practice. He thanked the management for organising such a training aimed at improving their skills and potential.
Certificates were awarded to participants at the end of the training.
by Awa Gassama