The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has said that as a strong believer in partnership and collaboration, she will tap into the knowledge and experience of Women in the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), which will guide the authority in making policy decisions on Ports Operation.
Bala Usman made this assertion while receiving a delegation of Women in ANLCA led by its Governor, Hajia Bola Muse who paid her a courtesy call in her office in Marina, Lagos recently.
According to her, â€œI would like to say that in Nigerian Ports Authority, we believe in partnership and collaboration, we believe that there is a need for the Authority to reach out to critical Stakeholders and partner with them in any way we can, We understand and appreciate your knowledge in the Industry and we know there is value in any relationship we have with you. Your knowledge and your operational experience in the Industry would help guide the Authority.â€
The NPA boss encouraged them to aspire to leadership positions and impact most positively in the Industry in the areas of mentorship and professional guidance.
On the coming election of the national body in 2018, she encouraged the women to aspire to higher positions in all sectors especially in the maritime industry and pledged her readiness to assist them in accomplishing the objectives of the association.
She further commended the efforts of the women in forming the association because according to her it requires a lot of efforts, resilience, adding that, â€œwe will not rest on our oars to continue to see how we can further amplify women and their roles within the society.â€
On her immediate appointment as the matron of the association, the NPA boss declared, â€œI am touched and honoured for appointing me as a matron. I am available for you and I will play my role as the Matron excellently.â€
Earlier, the Governor of the Women in ANLCA, in her welcome address described the Managing Director as an achiever and kind hearted Leader, whose performance as the first female managing director has been a source of inspiration for Womenfolk. She thereafter announced the official appointment of the Bala-Usman as matron of the association.
Muse disclosed that Women in ANLCA, was formed in November 2014 as an umbrella body for all Women with the view to promoting gender equality in the affairs of the association.