Hadiza Usman, the newly appointed Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, has assumed duties at the NPA headquarters in Lagos, with a call on her colleagues to join hands with her to make the agency more efficient.
She made the call during a resumption speech on Monday and stressed that her priority was to make NPA a model agency.
In her speech during a brief handover and take-over ceremony, Usman expressed her appreciation to her predecessor and promised that under her leadership, the agency will strive for enhanced operating efficiencies to facilitate improved revenue generation and inflows into the national treasury.
“We will listen to our customers, importers, exporters and other agencies working in the Ports to improve on our service delivery to the nation, anything less than world-class services is simply not acceptable; attaining such heights is a mission to which I am certain we can all subscribe,” she said.
She reminded the staff of the ports authority that it was their duty to ensure that the operators deliver port services at the standards that the country deserve in the 21st century in support of the present administration’s agenda of economic diversity.
“As team leader, I have come to add my best efforts to yours so that we can collectively achieve results for our industry. We must work as a team, pursuing common goals with professionalism and diligence,
“We shall prioritize investment in primary equipment and infrastructure and services committed to by NPA in the concession agreements to hasten clearance of imports and exports from the ports,
“As we collaborate in the best traditions of public service, I believe that with commitment and diligence our hard work can position NPA as a model agency,” she sid.
Usman reminded the workers that all hands must be on deck in promoting best practice, upholding governance standards and delivering quality services, insisting that work hard and integrity would not be compromised, before adding that there would be “zero-tolerance for corruption.”
She also promised to listen and pay attention to workers’ concerns and welfare in order to bring out the best in them.