The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has pledged its continued support in the area of capacity building for greater efficiency and service delivery, just as it unveiled modern pollution and environmental equipment to tackle oil spills.
The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, at the passing out ceremony of 125 Officers of Squad 49 of Fire Service Department of the authority, expressed excitement at the fact that 21 out of the Squad are of the female gender stressing that it is an indication that women are beginning to see the value of breaking the barriers of limitation that the society has place on them.
According to her, management is aware of the numerous challenges in today’s business environment and would ensure that it works assiduously towards realizing its Mission statement of providing efficient port services in a safe, secure and Customer Friendly Environment.
She charged the new officers to join the pool of vast professionals abound in the Organization in delivering nothing but excellence to the Industry in line with our organizational vision.
In addition, she told stakeholders that the ancillary’s skills acquired by the officers like Swimming and Water Rescue, Articulated Vehicle Driving, Road Traffic Crash Rescue and First Aid Treatment are critical ingredients for professionalism adding that management would ensure that they impact meaningfully in the system.
She pledged commitment and support to the Fire Service Department at delivering plausible services in line with industry standards. In a related development, Bala-Usman expressed satisfaction in the area of environmental pollution preparedness of the Organization concerning oil spillage on the nation’s territorial waters. In this regard, she unveiled modern pollution and environmental equipment namely Drones, Jet Skies and Booms for surveillance, monitoring and containing oil spillages.
Others are Blowers, Pressure Washers, Skimmers, Power Pack Absorbers and Multiple Dispersant Sprays.The managing director, urged the officer and staff in charge of the equipment to put them into optimal use to the appreciation of the stakeholders whilst bringing to the fore that the government is interested in ensuring the effective compliance and sustenance of the Ease of Doing Business at the Ports.
She therefore postulated that matters concerning the occupational health of the officers and staff of the authority is constantly paid premium to and urged the Pollution and Environmental crew to utilize the equipment to its optimal use.