The Managing Director of Nigerian Port Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman has urged women practitioners in the maritime industry to aspire for higher leadership positions and responsibilities while also promising to collaborate with them in knowledge sharing to move Nigerian port industry forward.
Usman made this submission when she hosted members of Women in ANLCA (Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents), led by their Governor, Hajia Bola Muse. She enthused that a partnership with such a strategic body would only improve NPA’s capacity for better service delivery.
“I would like to say that in Nigerian Ports Authority, we believe in partnership and collaboration, we believe that there is a need for the Authority to reach out to critical Stakeholders and partner with them in any way we can. We understand and appreciate your knowledge in the Industry and we know there is value in any relationship we have with you. Your knowledge, and your operational experience in the Industry would help guide the Authority” she added.
On the coming election of the National body in 2018, she encouraged the Women to aspire to higher positions in all Sectors especially in the Maritime Industry and pledged her readiness to assist them in accomplishing the objectives of the association.
She praised Hajia Bola Muse for her leadership qualities and the fortitude to set up an association such as Women in ANLCA because, according to her, it requires a lot of efforts, resilience, adding that, “we will not rest on our oars to continue to see how we can further amplify women and their roles within the society”.
Earlier, the Governor of the Women in ANLCA, in her address, had described the Managing Director as an achiever and a kind hearted leader, whose performance as the first female Managing Director has been a source of inspiration for Womenfolk.
The NPA Managing Director was thereafter appointed as the Matron of the Association.