The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman has pledged her managementâ€™s commitment and continued support in the area of capacity building towards greater efficiency and service delivery.
Speaking at the passing out ceremony of 125 Officers of Squad 49 of Fire Service Department of the Authority in Lagos recently, Bala-Usman expressed excitement at the fact that 21 out of the squad are of the female gender, stressing that it is an indication that women are beginning to see the value of breaking the barriers of limitation that the society has place on them.
According to her, management is aware of the numerous challenges in todayâ€™s business environment and would ensure that it works assiduously towards realizing its mission statement of providing efficient port services in a safe, secure and customer-friendly environment.
She charged the new officers to join the pool of vast professionals abound in the organisation in delivering nothing but excellence to the Industry in line with its vision.
In addition, she told stakeholders that the ancillaryâ€™s skills acquired by the officers like swimming and water rescue, articulated vehicle driving, road traffic, crash rescue and first aid treatment are critical ingredients for professionalism, adding that management would ensure that they impact meaningfully in the system.
Furthermore, she pledged commitment and support to the Fire Service Department at delivering plausible services in line with industry standards.
Stating that the NPA pays premium to best practices, she noted that â€œour objectives is to modernise and transform operational services to enshrine efficient and quality services.â€
She called on the officers to join management in this noble task.
In a related development, Bala-Usman has expressed satisfaction in the area of environmental pollution preparedness of the organisation concerning oil spillage on the nationâ€™s territorial waters.
In this regard, she unveiled modern pollution and environmental equipment namely Drones, Jet Skies and Booms for surveillance, monitoring and containing oil spillages. Others are Blowers, Pressure washers, Skimmers, Power pack absorbers and multiple dispersant sprays.
Speaking during the event, the NPA boss urged the officer and staff in charge of the equipment to put them into optimal use to the appreciation of the stakeholders whilst stressing that the government is interested in ensuring the effective compliance and sustenance of the Ease of Doing Business at the ports.
According to her, matters concerning the occupational health of the officers and staff of the authority is constantly paid premium to and urged the pollution and environmental crew to put the equipment to its optimal use.