Mallam Habib Abdullahi, NPA MD
The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mallam Habib Abdullahi, has assured the new Secretary General of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA), Mr. Michael Luguje, of the continued support of the authority.
Abdullahi, who was represented by the General Manager Special Duties, Alhaji Abba Rufai Umar, gave the assurance during the official handing-over ceremony by the out-gone Secretary General of PMAWCA, El Hadji Mar Gueye, which took place at Apapa, Lagos.
Luguje, in his acceptance speech, thanked all those who made his election a success, especially NPA, affirming that he would do his best to move PMAWCA to an enviable position.
While congratulating Luguje, the outgoing Secretary General, Gueye, expressed gratitude to NPA for the great support he received while in Nigeria for four years. He described the new Secretary General as a young, brilliant and well-educated man, prepared for the job, who is sure to succeed in his new task as the Head of PMAWCA secretariat.
The official signing and handing-over ceremony was presided over by Mr. Jeremy Wemegan, who represented the President of PMAWCA, Rear Admiral Fogan Kodjo Adegnon. Other dignitaries at the occasion include the chief executive officer of Ghana Shippers’ Council, Mr. Kofi Mbiah; and the Managing Director of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Mr. Richard Anamoo.
In the same vein, NPA has expressed its readiness to partner all communities where it has corporate presence, as part of its renewed Community Relations Policy.
A statement issued in Lagos and signed by NPA General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Michael Ajayi, said the Managing Director of NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi, gave the assurance while receiving a delegation from Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area (LIELCDA) which paid him a courtesy call.
The Managing Director assured the delegation that the organisation would take special interest in the development of the area under its renewed community relation policy.
The statement made available to THISDAY quoted Abdullahi recalling that NPA had a long-standing relationship with the LIELCDA, adding that the new management of the authority will continue to sustain the cordial relationship through enduring community related projects.
He reasoned that NPA is proud to be associated with Lagos Island being the centre of commerce, which host several conglomerates in all sectors of the economy.
Executive Chairman of the LIELCDA, Comrade Kamal Salau-Bashua, had earlier congratulated Abdullahi on his appointment and wished him a successful tenure in office.
The occasion was witnessed by the three Executive Directors in NPA, namely, Marine and Operations, Mr. David Omonibeke; Engineering and Technical Services, Mr. Mohammed Sani Saleh; and Finance and Administration, Mr Olumide Odutan.