The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman at the weekend in Calabar, renewed the impetus for a healthy, motivated and efficient workforce as sine qua non for the attainment of enduring maritime potentials, as anchored a “Fitness for Health” policy, for the authorities workforce.
Speaking at a Gala Nite and Award Ceremonies marking the end of the Nigerian Ports Authority Sports Association (NIPOSA) games, Calabar 2018, Hadiza also impressed it on all employers of Labour, especially within the nation’s maritime, in both the private and public sector, to make “Fitness for Health” through sports for their employees not only a priority but a compulsory requirement, in order to boost their employees’ efficiency and well-being.
She expressed the conviction that her Management’s decision to approve the hosting of the 2018 edition of the NIPOSA game, after a 17 year lull, “was not a misplaced decision” adding that the benefits had outweighed the paltry amount invested in it.
“You will all agree with me that the NIPOSA has remained an effective avenue for sport development, well-being and socialisation amongst the workforce of the Authority”, Hadiza stated, assuring that Management would, within the limit of budgetary provisions, ensure that the hosting of the NIPOSA games becomes a regular and annual feature in the Authority’s Corporate Calendar of events.
Hadiza Bala Usman commended all sister government agencies, stakeholders and terminal operators who supported and participated in the 2018 edition of the games, particularly, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Shippers’ Council, the Lagos Channel Management (LCM), Bonny Channel Company (BCC), Eco-Marine Company (ECM) BOA Group, INTELS, PTOL, Africa Circle and General Marine & Oil Services Ltd amongst others.
Meanwhile after two days of intensive competition at the just concluded 2018 NIPOSA games held in Calabar, Marina Headquarters of the Authority has emerged winner on the overall medals table with 28 medals which include 9 gold, 8 silver and 11 bronze medals and also the overall winner of the giant trophy donated by the Managing Director of the organisation.
In the 2nd position was Tin Can Island Port, Lagos which has 15 medals breakdown of which are 5 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze medals. While Rivers Port emerged in the 3rd place with 14 medals comprising of 5 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals.
The host port, Calabar emerged 4th with 8 medals made up of 5 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze. Calabar had won perhaps the most important gold medal of the football competition when she defeated the HQ team in penalty after 2-2 draw at the end of regulation time.
Additionally, Mr. Osagie Obama of the Headquarter and Mrs. Ann Onyindinepe Bens of the Onne Port both of the Security Division of the Nigerian Ports Authority have jointly emerged the new faces of NPA Male and Female categories respectively at the Gala nite.
Mr. Obama defeated representative of the Lagos Ports Complex, Onne and Delta Ports respectively in that order to become the reigning face of NPA male while Mrs. Bens edged out the representative of Tin can Island Port in 2nd position while Warri and Calabar came third and fourth in that order.