NPA denies lopsidedness of managerial appointments

Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has denied any lopsidedness in the appointments of 302 managers in its employment as against a media report that claimed that northern part of the country has more managers than the southern part.

It would be recalled that Ships & Ports newspaper yesterday reported the lopsidedness with the northern part of the country dominated the 302 managerial positions in the organisation.  

But the table showing the allocation of 302 managers provided by NPA in a press statement shows that the north has more than the south. North-central: 3 general managers, 6 assistant managers and 36 principal managers, total 45; North-west: 5 general managers, assistant managers 3, principal manager 26, total 34; South-East: general managers 4, assistant managers 10, principal managers 36, total 50; South-South: general managers 1, assistant manager 10, principal managers 43, total 54, and South-West: general manager 2, assistant managers 13, principal managers 60, total 75. Total is 302 managers.   

According to NPA, ‘’in the interest of public accountability, the management of Nigerian Ports Authority wishes to respond to reports of alleged lopsided appointment of general managers supposedly to northernise the authority.

‘’While stating upfront that the allegation is unfounded and riddled with untruth, the management would like to inform stakeholders and the general public that the appointment and promotion of General Managers and Asst. General Managers are routinely guided by vacancy, exigencies, seniority, competency and strict application of Federal Character Principle in order to ensure equity and even distribution of positions in the organisation.

‘’General Managers are usually appointed from the pool of Assistant General Managers who would ordinarily have been in the service of the Authority for long enough to have acquired significant experience in every aspect of the NPA’s operations.

‘’Records at the moment, show that while some zones may have lower representation in general manager cadre, they have a higher representation in the two other most senior roles of Assistant General Manager and Principal Managers.

‘’Stakeholders and the general public should also kindly note that while the General Manager, Finance is from the South East, the offices of General Manager, Seaview and General Manager Accounts do not exist, contrary to the reports being circulated.’’

NPA denied the allegation that some retired general managers had their tenures extended on contract so as to stop their potential successors.  

‘’On allegations that some retired General Managers have had their tenures extended on contract in order to stop their “potential successors” from succeeding them, management asserts that this is totally untrue.

‘’The two cases that were mentioned, General Manager, Human Resources Mr Yahaya Bukar (Aug.2018-Aug 2020) and General Manager, Engineering, Engr Ahmed Rufai Mohammed( Feb 2020-2021) had their tenures legally extended for the specific reason of the completion of some of the very important projects that were started within the period of their services as General Managers. This situation also applied to the immediate past General Manager, Finance, Mr Simeon Aniobi, whose tenure was extended between Oct 2017 and October 2019.’’

It noted that its action was and is guided by principles of fairness, equity and the law of the country in all its operations.

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