Long Service Award Ceremony: NPA restates commitment to staff welfare

The MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman (3rd left), the Minister of Labour & Productivity, Chris Ngige (4th left) , DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Adolphus Peterside  (2nd left) and other guests at NPA Long Service & Merit Award in Lagos

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has recognised some of its members of staff  for dedication to their duty in the line of service over the years, just as it also restated its commitment to the staff welfare.  

Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman,  remarked on the commitment to staff welfare on the occasion of the year 2017/2018 Long Service/Merit Award Ceremony of the Authority, which held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. 

The MD NPA, Hadiza Bala USMAN presents an award to Sunday Oyeyipo for the Best Practice Financial Reporting Unit of the Account Division during the NPA Long Service & Merit Award in Lagos
She stated that Management was willing and would strive at improving the welfare of the staff and further motivate them to work harder in all spheres, towards the sustainability and realisation of reforms embarked to meeting international best practice in the competitive environment.

She said: ‘’Management considers putting In place a well-motivated workforce with the requisite Character, competence and capacity to optimize our rich Maritime endowment towards the sustainability of the reforms we have undertaken so far.

“Without this the sustainability of the reforms we have undertaken so far as well as the audacious goals we poised to achieve as enunciated in the 25 year development plan would remain unattainable.”

In his remark, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, represented by the Hon. Minister for Trade and Development, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, while commending the Board and Management of the NPA for putting together the Award ceremony, stated that the event goes to show the high premium the Authority places on its human resource which has paid dividend across board especially within the Maritime sector.

According to him, the event could not have come at a better time as it falls in line with the Agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration which “prioritizes the welfare of its workers regardless of whether they are still in service or retired.’’

He charged the Awardees to reciprocate the gesture of appreciation by the Authority as the Federal Government expects them to bear in mind the copious role the Maritime sector plays in the realization of the administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), hence they should put in more efforts.

The Hon. Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, while applauding the Authority for aligning with the objective of the Federal Government in the area of improved welfare and appreciation for the workforce, stated that the present administration would continue to invest assiduously in the welfare of the Nigerian workers in the development of the nation.

He said Government had further expressed its commitment to workers’ welfare through the recent approval of the National Minimum Wage and resolution of Industrial disputes.

The Chairman Board of Directors of the NPA, Emmanuel Adesoji Adesoye, in his brief remark, said that the event was part of the resolution of the board in promoting Staff welfare, which it believes would boost efficiency and commitment to the development of the Maritime sector in Nigeria.
He charged the Awardees to further exhibit exemplary conduct and not rest on their oars.

Present at the colorful event were members of the NPA board of Directors, its past managing directors and captains of industries within the maritime sub sector.

The event witnessed the presentation of various categories of awards to personnel who were noted to have shown exemplary conduct and a high level of professionalism to the growth of the NPA.