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Freight forwarders congratulate Hadiza, task her on ports reforms


Abiola Seun    |

Africa Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics in Nigeria (APFFLON), has urged the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman to embark on port reforms in her second term in office.

The National President of APFFLON, Otunba Frank Ogunojemite in a congratulatory message to the Hadiza, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for her re-appointment.

According to him, the reappointment will give the NPA boss the opportunity to complete the projects initiated by her administration.

The association however urged Hadiza to embark on ports reforms as a lot of facilities in the ports industry are begging for rehabilitation while some dormant departments need to be given new impetus so as to enhance service efficiency.

In addition, the association asked  Bala Usman to compel ports concessionaires and service providers  to fulfill their statutory obligations to Nigerians as stated in the documents that cemented the concession agreement,  saying that not fulfilling their own parts of the agreement amounts to criminality.

APFFLON also tasked NPA on speedy decongestion of the ports, asking the authority to collaborate with Nigeria Shippers Council in the new year to fashion out the most possible measure to compel shipping companies to evacuate all the empty boxes littering every nook and cranny of the ports, saying “doing that will go a long way to ensure free flow of traffic on ports corridors as trucks won’t find it so difficult in accessing the ports to either load or unload.”

The association further hailed the giant strides of the first female Managing Director of the agency, describing her as a “thorough bred, seasoned administrator and a patriot.

Otunba Ogunojemite, also said Hadiza’s reappointment will ensure continuity and also reposition the NPA for better performance.

“APFFLON commends the President for the reappointment of Hadjia Hadiza Bala Usman, it goes a long way to erase the impression that Nigerian youths are lazy; the only thing the youths need is the opportunity to prove themselves, and from the records being bandied across the globe, Nigerian youths are indeed fire brands.
“Hadiza has proven that she is an administrator per excellence and in her second term, l urge relevant stakeholders to give her the needed support to deliver on the job”.
The National President assured stakeholders in Aviation and Maritime Industries that APFFLON, as an advocacy group, will always rally support for performing agencies of the Government, while non performers will always  receive knocks and condemnations until significant changes are observed.

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