25th February, 2011
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Engr. Omar Sulaiman, recently assured the staff of the authority that the impending restructuring would only involve redeployment of personnel to appropriate departments and units and not the downsizing of the workforce as was the erroneous belief of some people.
He said the authority has adequate trained manpower and resources but lamented that there was need to redeploy them to appropriate departments and units to ensure optimum results and efficiency.
The managing director while receiving a delegation from the Shippers Association of Nigeria (SAN) said that at the end of the restructuring exercise, the ports will be charged with more operational responsibilities and measures will be taken to ensure that decisions are made at port level to enhance rapid response to operational exigencies.
He stated: â€œWith our size, if we are to consider the job we are supposed to do with the Terminal Operators and do it as required, I cannot say that we are in excess for now. Only that there are certain departments that need retraining so that the personnel can acquire appropriate skills to enable them cope with their new challengesâ€.
Engr. Sulaiman pointed out that when the new structure comes on stream, it would empower the ports to take some critical decisions without coming to the headquarters, saying that it is only to fasten and quicken operational decisions.
He appealed to the association to reduce the cost of doing shipping business in the country, promising to be meeting with them monthly or quarterly with a view to jointly solving problems.
The leader of the SAN delegation congratulated the managing director on his deserved appointment and assured him of the associationâ€™s preparedness to partner with the authority at all times.