Ports reform in perspective – The Nation Nigeria News


By Uche Obiozor

 

The recent reappointment of Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman for a second term as managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) by President Muhammadu Buhari epitomizes that African saying to wit: If a fellow is asked to go ahead with what he or she is doing, it means that he or she is doing well.

After four years, Bala-Usman and her staff can beat their chests to say they are almost there. Bala-Usman, whose first appointment was criticized by many who believed she did not have the requisite experience to run such a big government agency, have not only turned the agency round but has returned the confidence of Nigerians to the entire maritime industry.

In four years, stakeholders in the industry have experienced a level of reform and sanity that many had thought was not possible. Remarkably, her first tenure has brought in a lot of institutional order in port operations.

For example, as against the previous practice wherein relationships between the agency and…



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