Maritime: NPA boss, Usman advocates for healthy, efficient workforce


The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has made a strong case for a healthy, motivated and efficient workforce as necessary ingredient for Nigeria to realize its enormous maritime potentials.

Usman was speaking over the weekend in Calabar at a Gala Nite and Award Ceremonies marking the end of the Nigerian Ports Authority Sports Association (NIPOSA) games, Calabar 2018.

According to the Managing Director, only a healthy and productive workforce is the surest way to realizing the maritime potentials of the nation.

She therefore impressed on all employers of labour in the nation’s maritime sector, 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.

The Managing Director expressed the conviction that the Management 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 “You will all agree with me that the NIPOSA has remained an effective avenue for sport development, well-being and socialization amongst the workforce of the authority”.

She assured 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.

She singled out the involvement of NIMASA, Shippers Council, 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 other for special mention and commendation.

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 organization.

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 Headquarters 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.

Photo: The Representative of The Managing Director, NPA,  General Manager, Lands and Asset Management, Engr. Adams Jato receiving the Award for Outstanding Patron of NIPOSA Game on behalf of the Managing Director from General Manager, Servicom, NPA, Mrs. Caroline .A. Ufere during the just concluded games hosted by Calabar Port.

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