The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has announced that it has implemented a review of workers condition of service, even as it has addressed previous anomalies in promotion exercises.
The agency has also restated its commitment to workers welfare, especially their remuneration and healthcare, even as the authority at the weekend honored some staff who have served for 25 years.
Speaking at the 2019 Long Serving Award on Saturday, Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman assured that NPA places so much premium on its workforce, saying that the award comes from her determination to register the premium that NPA places on the contributions of members of staff to the development of the Authority at all ports.
The award is for 2017/2018 set of workers.
Hadiza added that without the workforce, the sustainability of the reforms NPA has undertaken so far, as well the audacious goals it is poised to achieve as enunciated in the 25-year Port Development Plan would remain unattainable.
She noted that her administration is very ambitious, and determined not to leave the NPA where it met it.
“This management of the Nigerian Ports Authority is committed to not just changing the ways things are done momentarily but in bequeathing a tradition of transparent and excellent service that would make our ports the hub in the sub-region”
“We understand that the workforce is an integral part of whatever good stories we would be able to achieve and tell about our initiatives, hence the determination to periodically show appreciation for the dedication of staff”
“Tonight therefore, we are gathered here to honor our long – serving and dedicated employees of 25 years upwards and at the same time celebrate those who have demonstrated excellence by achieving uncommon feats in the course of duty”
“But beyond these regular recognitions of serving and retiring staff members, management considers putting a well-motivated workforce with the requisite character, competence, and capacity to optimize our rich maritime endowments in place, as part of the dreams of building a new and culture in the Authority”
The NPA boss revealed that as part of her commitment to workers welfare, management recently carried out a thorough review of condition of service with robust provisions aimed at equipping employees to be best-in-class in the Industry.
She said the authority has also worked towards correcting all the previous anomalies in the salary structure as she is ensuring justice in the career progression of personnel.
She said “We are taking the totality of the wellbeing of personnel seriously. As we consider the need to train and retrain towards building capacity to cope with the dynamism of our industry, we have been also paying attention to the health and mental needs of our staff. The goal is to be a competent and committed workforce our collective interests”
“Let me seize this opportunity to say that our drive towards attaining the Occupational Health and Safety Standards (OHSAS 18001) and ISO 9002 compliance status- the core of which is the enhancement of the workers’ well-being is in top gear. We are not resting on our laurels until this is achieved”
“We will also continue to strive to improve the relationship between management and staff as inculcate a sense of ownership in all of us and bring our dreams for the NPA to fruition”