Strategies on Ease of Doing Business...The Usman Bala Story
By Sandra Ukele.
The Managing Director Nigeria Ports Authority affirms the Federal Government's commitment towards providing an enabling environment for stakeholders and port users in the actualisation of best practices across the nation's seaports. This she says will aid the realisation of the NPA's dream which is making the Nigerian ports a reference point in sub-saharan Africa.
Miss Usman makes this statement at the 5th edition of Women in Logistics and Transport (WILAT) international conference with the theme "Effective and Efficient Logistics and Transport as Key Components of Successful Organisation and Business" assuring stskeholders the Federal Government will provide machinery in the area of full implementation of the Executive Order to facilitate an enabling environment, efficient customer service delivery to stakeholders by way of Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) and transparency.
The NPA helmsperson in her paper presentation, "Government Directives on Ease of Doing Business in the Ports: Its Challenges and Sustainability," advocates operational efficiency is pivotal to effective implementation of the executive order of the federal government as it concerns the sub-sector.
Similarly, Usman calls on all stakeholders to imbibe the culture of leading by example. This she says can be achieved through direct supervision of individuals and groups under them stressing that this is crucial in the area of optimizing productivity by motivation and mentoring.
The MD highlights the challenges besieging the sub-sector which includes: security challenges in the Nigerian waters, slow evacuation of cargo out of terminals, poor intermodal systems and dilapidation of railway lines within the terminals. She emphasizes the NPA management is willing and ready to partner the Nigeria Railway Corporation in the realisation of its policy on Ease of Doing Business.
Meanwhile, the Global Convener WILAT Aisha Ali Ibrahim who doubles as the Port Manager Apapa Ports Complex encourages the women to synergize in the ongoing project of sponsoring and training women in the Middle East. She promises to ensure the organisation chapters increase to 19 having moved from 12 in 2012 to 18 in 2017.
Hadiza Bala Usman receives an award of recognition and excellence by WILAT.