By G9ija

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman has once again reiterated the management’s determination and commitment to recognise at all times the efforts of its workforce who have contributed positively over the years in the area of optimal dedication and a high level of professionalism through improved welfare in its quest to attaining hub status within Africa, south of the Sahara.

The NPA chief executive made this remark on the occasion of the year 2017/2018 long service/merit award ceremony of the authority held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

She stated that the management 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.

In his remark, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha represented by the Minister of Trade and Development, Chief 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 President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration which “prioritises on the welfare of its workers regardless of whether they are still in service or retired.”

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, while applauding the NPA for aligning with the objective of the Federal Government, stated that the present administration would continue to invest assiduously in the welfare of the Nigerian workers in the development of the nation.

This he further stressed has been exemplified 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, stressed 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 Nigeria.

He charged the awardees to further exhibit exemplary conduct and not rest on their oars.