ACCEPTANCE SPEECH BY MR. EMMANUEL OLAJIDE ADESOYE ON THE OCCASION OF THE SWEARING- IN CEREMONY OF THE GOVERNING BOARD OF NIGERIAN PORTS AUTHORITY HELD ON THURDAY, 22ND SEPTEMBER 2016.
The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Honourable Chibuike Amaechi , CON, the permanent secretary Federal Ministry of Transportation , my fellow colleagues on the board of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Managing Director of NPA , members of the Executive Management Team of NPA, members of the press, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, all other protocol duly observed.
Firstly, permit me to use this medium to express our profound gratitude and deep appreciation to the president and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the federal Republic of Nigerian, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, for considering us worthy to serve the nation through the board of Nigerian Ports Authority.
The news of the appointment was received with great enthusiasm and humility as the appointment offers us a unique platform to make our collective contributions to further the advancement of the nation through one of the prime drivers of the economy – the Nigerian Port Authority.
Indeed the role of Nigerian Port Authority in the industrialization and growth of Nigeria’s economy particularly at this period of economic recession cannot be overemphasised when it is realised that the maritime sector is one of the most important revenue earners after the crude oil sector. It therefore behoves on our board in the performance of its oversight functions to come up with policies capable of rejuvenating the authority with a view to confronting and overcoming its present challenges.
Consequently, in transmitting the positive values of change in all ramifications, our board shall seek to ensure that the Nigerian Ports Authority is run, in line with modern best practices comparable to the best ports in the maritime world. In actualizing this conviction, we shall seek expert advice both within and outside the Authority.
The objective here is to ensure that within our tenure of service, the Nigerian Ports Authority is elevated to a higher pedestal that will make it the hub of maritime business in both the west and central African Sub-region.
Further to the above, the board shall seek to improve the fortunes of the maritime sector by collaborating with sister agencies such as the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) Ports’ concessionaires and others in the implementation of government maritime policies.
In achieving this goal, the board shall not lose sight in partnering with terminal and other Ports operators in removing all encumbrances militating against our collective desire to achieve optimum performance and improved port services capable of attracting higher vessel patronage, which in turn will translate into more revenue for the nation.
Honourable Minister Sir, our Board in the coming days or weeks will be addressing along with the local management, the perennial Apapa gridlock, poor access roads- leading to the ports and absences or should I say non-functional truck holding bay – all of which had made port business a tasking venture.
In addition , the Board in collaboration with the Management and the Federal Ministry of Transportation will also explore common strategies to ensure the speedy passage into law ’’ the Ports and Harbour bill’’ by the National Assembly. It is hoped that the bill when passed into law will provide appropriate framework for rapid port expansion and development including capacity building.
In the performance of our oversight functions, we shall resolutely commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in service predicated on zero tolerance to corruption and its associated vices and also strengthen our regulatory role to Concessionaires at all the ports.
We shall also pursue the core values of efficiency, customer and stakeholder’s satisfaction, safety and security in an innovative manner.
On a final note, Honourable Minister Sir, affirm our unalloyed commitment to work harmoniously with the ministry of Transportation under your able and dynamic leadership and by the same token work closely and cooperatively with the Management of Nigerian Ports Authority as we jointly strive to make Nigerian Ports Authority the leading Port in Africa.