- As FG laments spate of Nigerians dieing during illegal migration
The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has credited the nation’s media for some aspects of the success stories in the Nigerian Ports Authority, stressing that she is usually motivated by realistic and balanced reportage.
The Managing Director indicated this in her office in Lagos, while receiving a platinum award bestowed on her by Portgist on TV as the “Trail Blazer of the Maritime Industry”
While appreciating that she has learnt so much within the short time spent in the Port Industry as a result of media information dissemination, Hadiza charged newsmen to always cross check their facts before rushing to publish, stressing that practitioners must continually report knowing full well that the industry actually belongs to all Nigerians.
“Collectively we are stronger; this industry is ours and Nigeria is our country. Therefore, the success of the industry is for the betterment of all of us”, the NPA Boss observed, highlighting that the Trail Blazer award would only encourage her to go the extra mile.
She assured that she would continue to run an open door policy, and admonish the media to embrace an investigative approach in their profession because misinformation would not pay premium to the sector.
We will continue to work hard. In fact, we will work harder. We actually expect the awards to come after the service”, she indicated further, tasking the news managers to collaborate with the NPA Management in a holistic effort to ensure the sector is positioned as a major player in the sub-region and beyond.
In his contribution, Otunba Kunle Folarin, Chairman Port Consultative Council (PCC) eulogized the Hadiza Usman, referring to her as one who has developed a professional repute deserving of accolades.
The PCC Chairman urged the Managing Director to continue her sacrificial and diligence service because stakeholders are watchful and would always be appreciative of her efforts.
The Executive Director Marine and Operations Dr. Sekonte Davies at the event said that it was gratifying, sharing in the glory of the moment with the Managing Director, assuring that she has indeed brought enduring changes to the Port Industry.
Earlier, the Executive Producer/Editor-in-Chief of Portgist on TV, Dr. Kayode Farinto ascertained that the Managing Director of NPA is a trail blazer who deserves to be celebrated especially when her rich pedigree is put into consideration, even as he affirmed the saying “whatever a man can do, a woman can do better”.
Dr. Farinto added that what Hadiza has achieved would better be appreciated considering the geographical zone she came from, concluding that it was high time we respected and celebrated our women.
The event was attended by a cross section of NPA’s General Managers, other officials from Portgist and the Media.
In the meantime, the Federal Government has raised alarm over what it described as the rising number of Nigerians dieing daily due to their involvement in illegal migration, vowing to check the trend by involving states and Local Government authorities in the fight.
The Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk, who lamented this at a two-day sensitization workshop for South-South geo-political zone, said: “The Federal Government is concern about illegal migration of youths because most of the youths who had undertook the journey are either killed or tortured on their way”.
She noted that the problem had persisted because “migration programmes and activities have been restricted to federal institutions with little or no participation from states and local governments which governed migrating population.
“The objective of the workshop is to integrate states, local governments and community based organisation into the migration governance structure through establishment of migration desk in all the states of the federation.”
Also speaking, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who was represented by his deputy, Philip Shaibu stressed that “to effectively tackle illegal migration, the issue of rural urban migration must be address first. If we can tackle the rural-urban migration by resolving issues of welfares, infrastructure and amenities we would have been able to tackle the problem of youths leaving the country for greener pasture under worst inhuman treatment.
Meanwhile, the commissioner also visited the Internally Displaced Persons at their Camp Uhuogua, Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state, and assured that the Federal Government will improve the living standard of the people at the camp, adding “the president is with you and has not forgotten you people permanently.
You should be good citizens of this country. Pray for the government that is fighting the insurgency. “I have come to see for myself that this IDP camp is real. I want you to be good children, read your books so that you can be great leaders tomorrow,” she stated.
Additional report from Vanguard