NPA: Hajia usman Approves Redeployment of Port Managers As PMAWCA Elect New Secretary General

By Stephen Ubanna

For the first time in the last three years, Hajia Hadiza bAala Usman, a Human Rights activist and Managing dIrector,  Nigerian Ports Authority,NPA, has  approved a major redeployment  of tthe Port Managers  in a bid to reposition the nation’s seaports for improved service delivery along with the appointment of a new Technical Assistant ,Administration, to her office.  The redeployment, according to NPA, sources was in line with next level mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari  and the policy direction of the management team.

 A documant made available to The Value News shows that only two Port Managers were not affected in the redeployment exercise. They are Simon Okeke and Alhassan  Ismaila Abubakar, who retained their positions at Warri port, Delata state and Onne port Rivers state, respectively.

Going by the changes that was made at the Port Managers level,  Hajia Aisha Ali Ibrahim, the former  Lagos port Complex port Manager, LPC, who was affected as he  was said to  have been redeployed   to the  Authority Corporate headquarters at Marina, as an Aslant General Manager Operations, AGM, while  Akporherhe Emmanuel, an Engineer and Port Manager , Calabar port, who was  also deployed to the Authority Headquarters  was made the Principal Manger, Safety.

 Olotu Bolanle Funmilayo, the Port Manager Calabar Port, was said to have taken over as Port Manager of Lagos Port Complex, LPC . Umar Abubakar Garba, who  is the new Port Manager TCIP,  was the former  Port Manager at the Rivers Port Complex.  Yinusa Ibrahim Anji, a principal  Manager who has been deployed  to Rivers Port to replace Garba, who was redeployed to TICP.

Note that  Asien Marie Ehemeiri. replaced Mrs Olotu as the new Port Manager at Calabar Port, described as a port of low ship traffic. Past and present Management of NPA were said to have, made  several efforts to encourage some shipping Companies to take their cargoes to Calabar port,  but that was how far  they could go.  The situation was the same at Delta port Complex, Warri, Delta state.

Jean Marie Koffi: PMAWCA, Secretary General

It is not surprising why not all port Managers deployed to the two ports complex, in the Niger Delta,  are particularly happy to  report there as they see it as punishment because of lack of job to do.

 Yunus Ibrahim Anji Principal Manager, Environment, was said to have been moved to Rivers Port as the new Manager. Anji may be lucky to be in Rivers port as Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers state has made a passionate appeal to  Yemi Osibanjo, the Vice President, to prevail on the Hajia Usman led NPA, to work with the government to create the right environment for the development of the state. He further called for the dredging of the Rivers port waterway to increase economic activities at the port.

 This is a piece of good news for the Rivers port officials if the  Authority management could award the contract of the port water ways for bigger ocean-going vessels to call at the port with cargoes to keep it busy and further create employment in the state.

The governor who could hide his feelings described NPA as a good neighbour because of the jobs creatted in the state.

  Another major redeployment was the appointment of Isah Idris Danazumi as the new Technical Assistant ,Administration, to the office of the NPA Managing Director. He was said to have taken over  from Musa Shehu Yaro, who was redeployed  to the Procurement Division as Assistant General Manager.

 The NPA boss, had  enjoined the new appointees to rise up to the new challenge in their respective roles as the Authority is poised to” deliver on its mandate to facilitate international trade in a safe and secured environment”.

In a related development , the  Ports Management Association in West and Central Africa , PMAWCA, has elected Jean Marie Koffi from the Port of Abidjan, Cote D’voire, as the  new Secretary General of the Association. Koffi  was said to have defeated two other contestants, Iliyasu Idrisu from the Port of Duola, Cameroon and Semie Pere from the Port of Lome, Togo. The election in which seventeen countries had voted including Nigeria  was said to have been held at the just concluded 40th Council Meeting of the Association in Lome, Togo. . A lready, Hajia Usma, who spoke, through Jatto, General Manager , corporate and Strategic Communications, at the 40th  meetings of the PMAWCA, at lome Togo, wassaid to have assured Koffi that NPA, will give him all the necessary support  to further  ”advance the work of the Group to enhance fortune of the port industry in the two sub-regions in the African Continent.

Note that the new Secretary General, going  by  PMAWCA, Constitution,  would serve for the next four years in Lagos, the headquarters of the Association.

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