By Sandra Chukwunyere
The Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) Mrs Hadiza Usman has called on the members of the newly inaugurated pilotage board by the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi to see their appointments as a ”call to serve their nation for the national interest”.
The NPA boss also charged the appointees to bring to their job their professionalism and technical know-how to the fore ad their skills and knowledge of the pilotage service within their areas of competence as that will be highly needed.
The MD of NPA who spoke through the Executive Director (ED) Marine and Operations of the authority, Dr. Sokonte Davies, after the inauguration of the board members by the minister of Transportation, maintained that the authority would provide all the necessary supports and enabling environment needed by the pilotage board for them to do their job and succeed in their new appointments.
The pilotage boards inaugurated were those of Lagos, Warri, Bonny/port Harcourt and Calabar pilotage districts as recognised by the Port Act with a duration of three years.
While commending the appointees for their acceptance of their new responsibilities, the MD reminded them that their new responsibilities according to the NPA Act are very important and crucial to the overall interest and progress of the nation’s seaports as well as the proper navigation, .safety and protection of marine environment.
The highly elated NPA boss (Mrs. Usman) assured the pilotage district board members that their inputs, recommendations as well as their submissions on issues that concern the nation’s seaports in the areas of operational, navigational, safety and protection of marine environment will always guide the NPA management in its decissions.
While inaugurating the board members earlier, the representative of the honourable minister of transportation and Director Maritime Services in the ministry, Albania Sani Galadanchi had noted that the members of the board were carefully selected on the basis of merits, professional qualifications, competence and thier wealth of knowledge of the maritime industry while adding that Nigerians are hopeful and expecting much from them.
Amaechi, while admitting that the task before them is enormous, expected them to exercise their duties diligently as he was optimistic that they will succeed: ”But we trust that you will bring to bare your wealth of experience and expertise to discharge your duties as provided under the Port Act.”
Amaechi while recalling how the tenure of the last board members stretched to 2016, assuming that some of the functions of the board may have suffered setbacks and lack of attention, hoping that with the coming on board of the new regime will kick-start actions as those abnormalities will soon be addressed.
Reminding the appointees of their new responsibilities, the minister said such functions include: the establishment of entry requirement for obtaining certificate or license in order to perform pilotage services, enforcement of developed standards and specifications.
While responding on behalf of the newly inaugurated board members, Capt. Adewale Ishola pledged the total determination of the boards to live up to its expectations and that of the authority in the discharge of its duties in accordance with the provisions of the law.