NPA lauds union’s commitment to members’ wellbeing
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has lauded the leadership of the senior staff union of the authority for its approach to negotiations as well as spending union funds on members’ welfare.
Usman, who lauded the leadership of the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC) for purchasing vehicles for operational convenience for its members in Lagos, spoke during the commissioning and allocation of seven Toyota Sienna to the various zones of the union across the ports in Nigeria.
The union purchased seven vehicles for members to ease movement and operations across the various zones.
Earlier before the commissioning, the NPA boss described the feat as the first of its kind saying it is typical of union leaders to divert union funds to other things but expressed shock to see that SSASCGOC utilised members’ funds for developmental projects.
The highly elated MD, who was represented at the occasion by the General Manager, Human Resources, Harirat Mohammed said that the union should continue in its present stead to continue achieving more feats.
According to her, the two unions in the maritime sector have proven to be scientific in their approach with the management of NPA over workers welfare and negotiation, adding that gone are the days of hooliganism and staging of walkouts.
Her words: “The message from the MD is that this is something that has not happened before, and as she always tells administrative employees about vehicles, she wishes that you maintain these vehicles and used them for the purpose for which they were bought.”
Earlier, the President of SSASCGOC, Maritime, Abubakar Abdullahi, urged members of the zonal executives to ensure proper usage and maintenance of the vehicles.
He appealed to the management to prevail on the various Port Managers to assist in fueling and maintenance of the welfare buses.
The high point of the occasion was the key presentation to zonal executives by a former president of the union, Omeiza Umar.