NPA MD receives handover note, seeks stakeholders’ support

MD NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi

 Malam Habib Abdullahi, the reinstated Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has called for the support of stakeholders including staff for a remarkable turnaround of the maritime sector.

Abdullahi made the plea while receiving the handover note from his predecessor, Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero, at NPA headquarters, Marina, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abdullahi, who was removed by former President Goodluck Jonathan on April 29, was reinstated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Aug.13.

Mr Femi Adesina, the Presidential Adviser on Media and Publicity, said in a statement that Abdullahi’s reinstatement was with immediate effect.

Abdullahi described his reinstatement as the will of God and the desire of the President that he should continue.

``I see my return as the will of God. I like to beg each one of us to see it as a challenge not only to me, but to my predecessor and I will say is a collective destiny.

``For whatever reason, I am back on the job. It is a collective responsibility and the challenge is for us all.

``I ask for your prayers and support for us (management), myself and for the outgoing managing director.

``The mood of the nation is positive change and I hope each of us is ready for that change,’’ Abdullahi said.

In his comment, Bayero described life as transitory and urged staff members to give their best both to the nation and the ports.

He said only change was constant in life and urged the staff to accept his removal as `destiny’.

``My advice is that the process that took place is reminding us that we need to do our best and move on to the next stage of life.

``The most important thing is to develop good attitude to life from the experience I have gained.’’

Bayero, however, commended the quality of staff of the organisation and their dedication to duty.
``There is a high level of professionalism here. I urge everyone to see the organisation as one that will outlive us.’’

The handing over was conducted by the Head of Legal Affairs Department, Mrs Eniola Williams.