The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has again reiterated the commitment and readiness of the Federal Government towards providing an enabling environment for relevant Stakeholders and Port users in order to institute the enhancement and actualization of best practices across the nation’s Seaports.
She said this would go a long way to supporting the realization of the dream of the organisation in making the Nigerian Ports a reference point in sub-Saharan Africa.
Usman stated this at the 5TH edition of the Women in Logistics And Transport [WILAT] International Conference held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos with the theme’’ Effective And Efficient Logistics And Transport As Key Components Of Successful Organisation And Business.’’
Hadiza, in a paper titled “Government directives on Ease Of Doing Business in the Port: Its Challenges And Sustainability,’’ stressed that the Federal Government would put in place machinery in the area of full implementation of the Executive Order in the area of an enabling and conducive environment, Customer Service Delivery to Stakeholders by way of Standard Operational Procedure [SOP] and transparency.
She stated that operational efficiency is pivotal to effective implementation and sustainability of the Executive Order of the Federal Government as its concerns the sub-sector.
The managing director called on all Stakeholders at the event to imbibe the culture of leading by example at all times through the direct supervision of activities assigned to individuals and groups stressing that it is critical in the area of optimizing productivity by way of motivation and mentoring.
She noted that there are challenges faced in the sub-sector in the area of security on the Nigerian waters slow evacuation of Cargo out of the Terminals and poor Intermodal system and the dilapidation of the rail lines in the Terminals.
She established the willingness and readiness of the NPA Management to partner with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) as a sister agency of the Federal Government towards the realization of its policy on Ease of Doing Business.
In her welcome address, the Global Convener of WILAT, Aisha Ali Ibrahim who doubles as Port Manager, Apapa Port Complex eulogized the numerous contributions of members over the years towards the actualization of the vision of the International body.
According to her, “WILAT should strive at achieving its core values in the area of strategic employment and social responsibility.”
In this respect therefore, she charged for greater synergy in its ongoing project in sponsoring and training women in the Middle East. Whilst promising to make sure that the body’s chapters increase appreciably from up to 19 having move up from 12 in 2013 to 18 in 2017.
The Managing Director was presented with an award of recognition and excellence by the association (WILAT) for outstanding performance in office.