NPA WILL INSTITUTE COMPETITIVE TARRIFF AND PRICING REGIME,
TO REMAIN LEADER IN THE SUB REGION - MD
Executive Director Engineering & Technical Services, Prof. Idris Abubakar; GM Public Affairs, Chief Michael K. Ajayi; Managing Director NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman; Port Manager Onne Port, Alhassan I. Abubakar and a stakeholder during the tour of facilities at Onne Port.
The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority Hadiza Bala Usman has said that the organization will work conscientiously to institute a competitive tariff and pricing regime, enhance operation procedures through corrupt free and transparent administrative system that will improve NPA’s competitiveness within the sub region.
Speaking during her maiden official visit to Onne Port, Usman added that all relationship that are skewed in favour of Terminal Operators and private enterprises within the Ports industry will be reviewed and corrected accordingly, advising organization involved in such anomaly to quickly reconcile them now.
The Managing Director also cautioned companies fond of paying government revenue into their coffers, and asked them to desist from such act as all government revenue must come to NPA which will issue invoice and pay such revenue to the government through the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
Addressing the issue of welfare of staff, Usman charged workers union to work hand in hand with her management asserting that the long service award meant to recognize hard working officers and staff will be organized before the end of the year, also adding that ambulances and other essential vehicles will be purchased in due course.
Advising the workforce to continue to strive for excellence, she reminded them that they are the flagship of the organization and indeed the federal government assuring that their welfare is a priority in her administration.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Port Manager of Onne Port Alhassan Ismaila Abubakar thanked the MD for coming to Onne and asked that the management should look into why Bonny Signal Station does not operate round the clock, and also intervene in the introduction of wharf landing fee by the Rivers State government.
Abubakar also advised the management to quickly look into ICT challenges in other to improve service delivery through automation, hardware and speedy network while also emphasizing on the need to rehabilitate the deplorable state of the East – West road leading to Onne Port.
The Chairman of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Mr. Jonah Chukwu appealed for a new control tower to monitor ships and vehicular movement within the Port to further help in blocking revenue leakages.
Mr. Chukwu also counseled management to improve its Community Social Responsibility (CSR) in Onne Port, as a result of constant restiveness of the three host communities, as this will help the Port Manager to have smooth running of the Port.
In his own speech the General Manager of Intels Services Limited, Mr. Patrick Bird said Intels remains the best facility for receiving Oil and Gas in Nigeria in 30 years of their operations in the country. Bird also informed NPA’s MD that Intels has gone into women empowerment and sponsorship of students of tertiary institutions within its host communities. The MD’s entourage toured the expansive facility of the Onne Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone.
On the entourage of the Managing Director are Executive Director Marine and Operations Dr Sekonte Davies, Executive Director Engineering and Technical Services Prof. Idris Abubakar and Executive Director Finance Mohammed Bello Koko, General Manager Public Affairs Chief M. K. Ajayi and General Manager Eastern Ports Abdullahi Goje amongst other General Managers.
Chief M. K. Ajayi
General Manager Public Affairs.