- Breaks bottlenecks and man-made barriers!
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman has ignited a new era of healthy competition amongst seaports terminal operators in Nigeria, saying this was what the country needed, to entrench operational efficiency.
“The Authority would ensure a level playing field for all the operators and that no investor is above the law and that all must comply with laid down rules and regulations”, the NPA Boss stated, as she directed that every terminal in the Port is henceforth free, to receive any cargo in so far as they have the technical competence to handle such.
Highlighting her determination to significantly reduce monopoly in the Ports Industry, as she hosted visiting members of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering in her office yesterday in Lagos Marina, Usman urged for greater collaboration and support from the Academy, particularly in the areas of new engineering projects.
She affirmed that NPA has a large pool of competent and versatile engineers who are currently contributing immensely to the Organization, Hadiza assured the Academy of support, beginning with her widow’s mite, in addition to exploring the possibility of supporting relevant technical institutions, in her Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), especially in the areas of capacity building.
In her address, the President of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, Engr. (Mrs) J.O. Maduka expressed her joy at what the NPA Boss had achieved within so short a period, adding that NPA was noted to have produced very competent engineers in the past.
The President of the Academy, solicited NPA’s support in the efforts to resuscitate engineering institutions and colleges in Lagos, lamenting that Government has not given enough recognition to the profession.
Present with the Managing Director at the meeting were the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services, Prof. Idris Abubakar; General Managers, Physical Planning and Development, Engr. Rufai Mohammed; Business Development and Joint Venture, Engr. Tolulope Talabi; Maintenance, Engr. Adams Jatto; and Technical Assistance to the Managing Director, Engr. Richard Unde.
On the team of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering however were the immediate past President, Prof. A.F. Ogunye, Engr. I.K. Inuwa and Prof. A.O. Esogbue amongst others.