The Year 2018 Calendar of the Apapa Chapter of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) Port Authority Western Command was launched with fan fare on Friday 24th November at the port authority police headquarters in Apapa Port.
The well attended ceremony also served as an occasion to honour deserving port stakeholders and members with different grades of awards. Among the eminent personalities who got the awards were the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman, Mr P.L Carrodano of NALCOMET, Dr Taiwo Afolabi of SIFAX Group, Mr John Coumantaros of Flour Mills of Nigeria, Olorogun Oscar Ibru of Ibru Organisation, Mr Ji Qing of COSCO Shipping, Dr Wale Afolabi of INSTARMAC LTD, Mr Wale Olaoye of Halogen Security who are all Grand Patrons of the PCRC.
AC Taiwo Adeleke
In his speech, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DC) Mr Adeyemo Gbola who represented the Port Commissioner of Police, Mr Celestine Okoye who was unavoidably absent, reminded the audience that the PCRC is to the Nigeria Police, what the Nigerian Football Supporters Club is to the Nigerian Football Federation and the Super Eagles and commended the Apapa PCRC for their tireless and patriotic efforts in working with the Police, Ports stakeholders and the public to ensure that the port environs are peaceful and secure.
Dr. Wale Afolabi
He enjoined the leadership of the PCRC to enthrone a work-synergy where everybody would feel a sense of belonging, “It is not enough to parade your PCRC card when convenient, you have to be actively conscious of your enviable position as a partner with the Police in ensuring safety of life, peace and security in the port and beyond. PCRC leadership and its members must identify the problems of the Police and problems hindering security and proffer solutions. The Commissioner’s office is open to all members, my office is open to any of you to come in and make suggestions in the overall interest of peace in the ports,” counselled Adeyemo.
AC Admin Mrs. Orimenyin
In his speech, Mr George Udoh, the PCRC Apapa Chairman, thanked the Commissioner of Police for the hand of fellowship extended to his team by the command and pledged to work even better to ensure that the overall objective of a peaceful port environ is achieved. He also thanked all the stakeholders who have been assisting in cash and kind to keep the PCRC afloat.
“The CP Mr Okoye is a man after our hearts, he is a leader and a patriot who is very supportive, we are grateful to him. I also thank the DC, Mr Adeyemo and Assistant Commissioner, Mr Adeleke and Mrs Orimenyin, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Admin, for sparing their tight schedule to honor us here with their august presence, God Almighty will continue to bless them. And most importantly our grand patrons and patrons, we will continue to pray that God will continue to bless your companies, we will not let you down, as we will keep the police on their toes and ensure that they provide adequate security for your organization and their environs,” said George Udoh.
DC David Adeyemo greets Chairman Tincan PCRC while Mr. George Udoh, Apapa PCRC Chairman watches with keen interest
Other recipients of the awards were Peter Enerichekor, Grand Patron; Mr Oluwatoyin Peter, Grand Patron; Capt. Ayodeji Bamgbose CPP, Grand Patron; Engineer Ahmed Opeifa O, Grand Patron; Engineer Tonkwa Dauda, Grand Patron; Dr Alugbo O. O, Grand Patron; Engineer Asuquo E. A, Grand Patron; Mr Joseph Odion Umolu, Patron; Paul Gbededo Patron; Henry Muogho Patron; Ayodele Oni, patron; Emeordi C. Gilbert , Patron; Odunsi Opeoluwa, Patron; Elder Aloy Akor, Patron; Ayodeji Adeniyi Victor, Patron; Ukaigwe Ikechukwu,Patron; Nicholas Vodunu Bruce, Patron.
Speaking after the ceremony, a recipient who is also a staff of Nigerian ports Authority (NPA), Mr Emeordi C. Gilbert said that he felt honoured and fulfilled by the award conferred on him by the PCRC and promised to dedicate both his time and resources to the success of the body and encouraged other NPA staff to join to with the PCRC for a safer ports work environments. “I feel honoured and I promise to dedicate more time and resources to this honourable project and I call on more NPA staff to join us for a safe port,” said the much elated Emeordi.