Hadiza Bala Usman, managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has reiterated management’s commitment to recognising efforts of its workforce, who contributed positively to its quest of attaining hub status in the West African region.
Speaking during the 2017 /2018 Long Service/ Merit Award Ceremony held in Lagos at the weekend, Usman said her management would continue to strive at improving the welfare of the staff.
She further motivated the NPA staff to work hard in all spheres towards the sustainability and realisation of reforms embarked on by the authority to meet international best practices in port business.
She disclosed NPA’S intention to build a well-motivated workforce with the requisite character, competence and capacity to optimise Nigeria’s rich maritime endowment by sustaining the reforms the authority has undertaken so far.
“Without a sustainable reform, the goals NPA wants to achieve as enunciated in the 25-year port development plan would remain unattainable,” she said.
Boss Mustapha, secretary to the Government of the Federation, who commended the board and management of the NPA for putting together the award, stated that the event showed that the Authority places high premium on its human resource.
He charged the awardees to reciprocate the gesture of appreciation by bearing in mind the copious role the maritime sector plays in the realisation of the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).
Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Productivity, who applauded the Authority for aligning with the objective of the Federal Government in the area of improved workers’ welfare, assured that the present administration would continue to invest in the welfare of the Nigerian workers.
This, he f ur t h e r stressed, had been exemplified through the recent approval of the National Minimum Wage and resolution of pending industrial disputes.