BOSS Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, SGF, has commended the Nigerian Ports Authority for its commitment to the reward and recognition of excellence amongst its staff as well as the welfare of its entire personnel.
Mustapha, who was represented by Niyi Adebayo, minister of trade and investment, spoke at the 201/2018 Long Service and Merit Award put together by the management of the NPA during the weekend.
The SGF said: “Nothing can be more gratifying to a dedicated worker than recognition and celebration, and I want to commend the Board and Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority for the foresight that birthed this occasion, which I understand has not held in a long time.”
He noted that this initiative was in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s commitment to the welfare of staff as “evident in the commitment of the government to implement the new minimum wage as well as the payment of the pensions and gratuities of former employees of Nigerian Airways amongst others. The administration will leave no stone unturned towards rewarding the dedication of its workforce.” Mustapha congratulated the awardees and charged them to see the honour as an incentive for better performance.
Hadiza Bala Usman, managing director, restated the management’s commitment to the welfare of staff emphasising that this was critical to the achievement of all the reforms aimed at bequeathing an agency for which all Nigerian would proud.
In her words: “Management considers putting In place a well-motivated workforce with the requisite character, competence and capacity to optimize our rich Maritime endowment towards the sustainability of the reforms we have undertaken so far. Without this, the sustainability of the reforms we have undertaken so far as well as the audacious goals we poised to achieve as enunciated in the 25 year development plan would remain unattainable,” said Bala Usman
Chris Ngige, minister of labour and productivity, also praised the authority for aligning with the objective of the Federal Government in the area of improved welfare and appreciation for the workforce stated that the present administration would continue to invest assiduously in the welfare of the Nigerian workers. This, he stressed has been exemplified through the recent approval of the National Minimum Wage and resolution of Industrial disputes.
Present at the event where over three hundred staffers of the NPA were honoured included Rotimi Ameachi, minister of transportation, who was represented by Nkiru Ejiofor, director of Human Resources at the ministry, Dakuku Peterside, director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Rear Admiral Festus Porbeni(rtd), former minister of transportation, members of the board of the Nigerian Ports Authority, past managing director of the NPA including Bello Gwandu, Mallam Omar Sulieman, Aminu Dabo, architect and Felix Ovbude amongst hundreds of maritime stakeholders.
– Sept. 10, 2019 @ 10:20 GMT |