..Honours NPA, MD, Others
By Innocent Orok
It was a day of celebrations and awards to deserving individuals who have carve- a- niche for themselves in the maritime industry and beyond.
The Senior Staff Association Of Statutory Corporation and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC), Maritime Branch has roll out the drums to celebrate their 40 years of existence and to honour those who have contributed to the successes of the association.
The respected body of senior staff of the maritime agencies also called on the federal government and the Hadiza Bala led management t of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to expedite actions in fixing the ports access roads as part of efforts for a quick turn-around time of vessels.
According to the President of SSASCGOC Maritime branch, Comrade Adamu Ya’u Gora who is the 14th President of the union noted that in achieving quick turn-around time of cargoes and improved turn around time of ships the Federal government and the management of the port Authority needs to expedite actions to fix all roads linking the seaports.
According to Ya’u Who delivered his presidential address at the event, he said “On this great day of celebration marking four decades of the existence of our great association; I humbly appeal to both the federal government and management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, on the following.
“Achieving quick delivery of cargoes and improved turn around time of vessels had long been in the front burner of NPA management.
“At this juncture, it is my plea that all roads leading to the nation’s seaports must be urgently rehabilitated to achieve this goal.
“The attainment of status will consequently improve the earnings and revenue of the NPA.
Speaking on workers welfare package, the union’s President stressed the need for continuous improved benefits for staff of the agency.
“At this point ,my plea is that the serving management team should continue to improve and better the life of NPA workers by improving their welfare”.Ya’u stated.
Highlighting on some of the achievements recorded between 2008 and 2018, He maintained that the union initiated and reorganised the training retirees from the association purse.
He added that the union also reinstated twelve erroneously disengaged NPA officers in 2008 as a result of monetisation policy with arrears paid.
He further stated that the union was involved in the out of court settlement and payment made to disengaged NPA workers of their terminal benefits in 2008.
While the union was also recognised by the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and subsequently affiliated to it.
He said ” Today the association is a full member of ITF and as well contact body within the Sub-West African region for ITF.
Ya’u enumerated some of his achievements to include being able to secure the review of financial guide to the condition of service for his members, sought and got approval for training programs for officers and union executives, implementation of the approved new salary structures, payment of arrears on the new salary structure to NPA staff and officers and increase of gratuity from 180% to 280% among others.
Also speaking at the event the Managing Director, NPA,Hadiza Bala Usman said management of the agency has demonstrated in so many ways that the welfare of workers is of topmost priority.
She said management has not relent in its efforts to promote the welfare of workers in the areas of continuous training,promotion and payment of salaries as when due.
“May I therefore enjoin you to reciprocate management’s gesture by doubling your efforts towards improved productivity ,revenue generation and collection drive ,integrity ,honesty and transparency at workplace”.
The MD who was represented by the General Manager, Human Resources, NPA, stated that the agency appreciates the contribution of the union in the smooth operations at the seaports,noting that the industrial peace and harmony that pervades the nation’s maritime industry was a product of the association’s commitment to the vision and mission of the authority.
The highlights of the event was the presentation of awards to some NPA management staff including the Managing Director, Hadiza Usman, past presidents of the association and other members of the union who have contributed immensely to the growth of the association.