It was gathered that the managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has approved the appointment of new port managers for the six major seaports across the country.
This was contained in an internal memo, dated September 14, 2016, emanating from the NPA managing director’s office titled “Disposition.” According to the document, only one of the six old port managers was retained, while the others were redeployed to the NPA headquarters and zones.
The new port managers are Mrs Aisha Ali-Ibrahim (Lagos Port Complex, Apapa); Noah Mathew Alaba (Tin Can Island Port); Mrs Olufunmilayo Olotu (Calabar Port); Okeke Simeon Okeke (Delta Port) and Alhassan Ismaila Abubakar (Onne Port). Umar Abubaar Garba is the only old port manager retained under the new disposition but was redeployed from Delta Port to Rivers Port.
The former port manager of Lagos Port Complex, Apapa, Ezeoke Eunice Ngozi was redeployed to Western Ports as assistant general manager (Operations) while the former Tin Can Island port manager, Babatunde Longe moves to NPA headquarters as AGM Operations. The former port manager of Rivers Port, Abdulrahman Lamina also moves to NPA headquarters as AGM, Commercial while the former Calabar Port manager, Engr Ogundele Oluseyi moves to Eastern Ports as AGM, Utilities.
Durowaiye Ayodele, who until the new disposition was in charge of Onne Port, was directed to report to the general manager, Western Ports, Lagos “for duty.”
The new disposition, which takes immediate effect, was signed by Usman.
Meanwhile, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC has said the standard operating procedures it recently launched for the Nigerian ports will enable it to keep a closer watch on operations within the ports.
It therefore urged all the players in the sector to embrace transparency and accountability, warning that it would not hesitate to invoke the instrumentality of the law against any erring player.
The director of Public Enlightenment, ICPC, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, said this during the inauguration of the harmonised SOPs and the Port Service Support Portal at the Apapa Port, Lagos, recently.
According to Okoduwa, illegal activities can no longer go unnoticed at the Nigerian ports, with the launch of the SOPs, which, she said, had made it clear to the whole world how business is conducted at the Nigerian ports.