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Long Service Award Ceremony: NPA restates commitment to staff welfare

The MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman (3rd left), the
Minister of Labour & Productivity, Chris Ngige (4th left) , DG NIMASA, Dr.
Dakuku Adolphus Peterside  (2nd left) and
other guests at NPA Long Service & Merit Award in Lagos

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has recognised some of its members of staff  for dedication to their duty in the line of service over the years, just as it also restated its commitment to the staff welfare.  

Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman,  remarked on the commitment to staff welfare on the occasion of the year 2017/2018 Long Service/Merit Award
Ceremony of the Authority, which held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria
Island, Lagos. 

The MD NPA, Hadiza Bala USMAN presents an award
to Sunday Oyeyipo for the Best Practice Financial Reporting Unit of the Account
Division during the NPA Long Service & Merit Award in Lagos
She stated that Management was willing and would strive
at improving the welfare of the staff and further motivate them to work harder
in all spheres, towards the sustainability and realisation of reforms embarked
to meeting international best practice in the competitive environment.
She said: ‘’Management considers putting In place a
well-motivated workforce with the requisite Character, competence and capacity
to optimize our rich Maritime endowment towards the sustainability of the
reforms we have undertaken so far.
“Without this the sustainability of the reforms we have
undertaken so far as well as the audacious goals we poised to achieve as
enunciated in the 25 year development plan would remain unattainable.”
In his remark, the Secretary to the Government of the
Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, represented by the Hon. Minister for Trade and
Development, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, while commending the Board and Management
of the NPA for putting together the Award ceremony, stated that the event goes
to show the high premium the Authority places on its human resource which has
paid dividend across board especially within the Maritime sector.
According to him, the event could not have come at a
better time as it falls in line with the Agenda of the President Muhammadu
Buhari’s administration which “prioritizes the welfare of its workers
regardless of whether they are still in service or retired.’’

He charged the Awardees to reciprocate the gesture of
appreciation by the Authority as the Federal Government expects them to bear in
mind the copious role the Maritime sector plays in the realization of the
administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), hence they should
put in more efforts.
The Hon. Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris
Ngige, while applauding the Authority for aligning with the objective of the
Federal Government in the area of improved welfare and appreciation for the
workforce, stated that the present administration would continue to invest
assiduously in the welfare of the Nigerian workers in the development of the
He said Government had further expressed its commitment
to workers’ welfare through the recent approval of the National Minimum Wage
and resolution of Industrial disputes.
The Chairman Board of Directors of the NPA, Emmanuel
Adesoji Adesoye, in his brief remark, said that the event was part of the
resolution of the board in promoting Staff welfare, which it believes would
boost efficiency and commitment to the development of the Maritime sector in
He charged the Awardees to further exhibit exemplary
conduct and not rest on their oars.
Present at the colorful event were members of the NPA
board of Directors, its past managing directors and captains of industries
within the maritime sub sector.

The event witnessed the presentation of various
categories of awards to personnel who were noted to have shown exemplary
conduct and a high level of professionalism to the growth of the NPA.

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