Africa Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics in Nigeria (APFFLON), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the reappointment the Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Hadjia Hadiza Bala Usman, for a second term of five years, saying the reappointment will give her the opportunity to complete the projects initiated by her administration.
In a congratulatory message signed by the National President of APFFLON, Otunba Frank Ogunojemite and made available to the Media, the association hailed the giant strides of the first female Managing Director of the agency, describing her as a “thorough, seasoned Administrator and Patriot.
Otunba Ogunojemite, in the message, said Hadjia Hadiza’s reappointment will ensure continuity and also reposition the NPA for better performance.
“APFFLON commends the President for the reappointment of Hadjia Hadiza Bala Usman, it goes a long way to erase the impression that Nigerian youths are lazy; the only thing the youths need is the opportunity to prove themselves, and from the records being bandied across the globe, Nigerian youths are indeed fire brands. Hadiza has proven that she is an administrator per excellence and in her second term, l urge relevant stakeholders to give her the needed support to deliver on the job”.
The National President assure stakeholders in Aviation and Maritime Industries that APFFLON, as an advocacy group, will always rally support for performing agencies of the Government, while non performers will always receive knocks and condemnations until significant changes are observed.
The association however urged the NPA boss to embark on ports reforms as a lot of facilities in the ports industry are begging for rehabilitation while some dormant departments need to be given new impetus so as to enhance service efficiency.
In addition, the association urged Hadjia Hadiza Bala Usman to compel ports concessionaires and service providers to fulfill their statutory obligations to Nigerians as stated in the documents that cemented the concession agreement saying that not fulfilling their own parts of the agreement amounts to criminality.