Bayero assumes duty as new MD of NPA

The out-going Managing Director of NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi (Left)handing over notes to the new MD, Malam Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero at the NPA Headquarters, Marina, Lagos today.
Malam Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero on Wednesday assumed duty in Lagos  as the new Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA).

He took over from the former managing director, Malam Habib Abdullahi  at ra brief handover ceremony which held at the NPA headquarters office in Marina.

It would be recalled that Spokesman of the President, Dr Reuben Abati, announced the termination of Abdullahi’s appointment on April 29 in Abuja.

Abati also announced the immediate appointment of the new managing director.

In a brief address, the new managing director said he hoped to work at his best with the staff to the best interest of the nation at large.

The new managing director also solicited the support of the out-going managing director, saying it was good to seek the support of someone who had experienced the job demands.

He said, “I hope we work together for the interest of the country because I know that anything that affects this place will affect the larger society.

“We will put in efforts to undertake programmes that will grow the authority through togetherness.

“I solicit your support; I wish the out-going the best. We will always consult because it is good to consult someone who has been there,” he said.

He thanked the President for the appointment and the opportunity to come and serve in this capacity.

On his part, the out-going managing director, thanked God for the grace and mercy  that saw him through the period of his service as the NPA boss.

Abdullahi described Ado Bayero as friend and brother, while expressing interest to support him whenever necessary.

He also urged the staff of the Authority to extend the same support he enjoyed to the new managing director for the benefit and growth of the NPA.

He said that the new NPA Managing director would need the support the more because he was new to the industry, adding that he must not be left to fail.

“I thank God for His mercy and grace that saw me through the period I served as the Managing Director of the NPA.

“I want you to support and assist him like you did for me. He needs the assistance more because he is new to the industry.

“My support for the new managing director is obligatory, so I am ready to give my assistance.

“Management of interests takes much of the time, but the new managing director must not be allowed to fail,” Abdullahi said.

He added that beyond what people may think, the job challenges took 90 per cent, while the excitement that comes with it is just 10 per cent.

“We have gone through so many challenges and excitements, but I can say that the challenges are 90 per cent, while the excitement is only 10 per cent.

“I will leave it to posterity to judge our work. It is difficult to say goodbye, but everything that has a beginning will also have an end,” he said.

The former NPA boss thanked Mr President for the opportunity to serve and thanked the unions for their support and times they assisted in addressing some challenges.

The maritime workers union and the senior staff associations of the NPA pledged their support for the new managing director, while bidding the out-going farewell.

Mr Olumide Oduntan, the Executive Director, Admin and Finance, also pledged 150 per cent support for the new NPA boss.

The Legal Adviser of the NPA, Eniola Williams presented the Nigerian Ports Acts to the new managing director.

She also conducted the signing ceremony where the handover note was done.