As part of the familiarization tour Miss Hadiza Bala Usman in company of Dr. Sokonte Davies, Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko and Prof. Idris Abubakar, paid a maiden visit to the Eastern Ports Headquarters and some Port locations.
In welcoming the team Mr. Abdullahi A. Goje, Eastern Port Manager, congratulated the Managing Director not just on her recent appointment but as the first female Managing Director of the Authority in the past 61 years. He extended same congratulations to all the Executive Directors and wish the entire Executive Management God’s guidance and a successful tenure. While speaking, Mr. Abdullahi highlighted the core functions of the Eastern Ports, Ports Concessionaires, some business prospects and opportunities as well as the challenges facing the operations of the ports.
Miss Hadiza while addressing officers and staff stressed the need to look at critical areas around improvement of revenue, blockage of revenue leakages and payment of indebtedness to the authority by stakeholders within a timeframe. She also emphasised the importance of imbibing transparency in operational procedures across all the ports and the need to provide the public with the authority’s respective tariff regimes.
“We would ensure transparency in all our operations so that operators within the Maritime industry that have interfaces with the Nigerian Ports Authority will have very clear information on the details of our respective operations and whatever tariff regimes obtained as we provide our services” she said.
She called on the compliance unit to ensure that components of compliance required by the terminal operators are adhered to.
”for the terminal operators there are critical areas around the concession agreement which we are looking at and the respective component of Port Development that are required to be done by concessioners and I believe all the officers that are mandated with monitoring and compliance have highlighted these issues to the operators and as we proceed in this visit these issues will be deliberated on”
“We are working on reviewing the concessions and looking at some of the terms of the concession that have been contentious to ensure that we agree on a revised position both for the Authority and the concessioners board” she added
Regarding the challenge of inadequate manpower she called on the General Manager Eastern Port to provide clarity on where this gap exists. Being a gender activist Miss Hadiza pointed out that one of the considerations for recruitment will be to promote gender balance within the Authority.
In responding to Comrade Musa D. Doma who made a presentation on operational/welfare issues affecting the Rivers Port complex on behalf of the House Unions, she affirmed that necessary actions will be taken as some of the issues are already under consideration especially the condition of service and will be concluded in a timely manner. She expressed her appreciation for the reception and presentation provided by the Eastern Ports’ General Manager and his team.