Shake-up in NPA, as it gets new spokesman

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…reduce General Managers from 25 to 22

The managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman has approved a new organizational structure, in a bid to re-jig its operations; the board approved the commencement of a business process re-engineering initiative that will create synergies to improve efficiency.

 A report obtained by Nigerian NewsDirect stated that “The far reaching initiatives which are aimed at making the NPA a truly professional and performance driven organisation, were approved at a board meeting which was held at Eko Hotel and Suites on July 27, 2017.”

NPA said the review became important because the organisation’s structure has remained the same in spite of the 2006 concession, which changed its status from owner/operator to landlord.

Changes approved by the NPA Board include the reduction in the number of General Managers from 25 to 22; the upgrade of the Hydrography and Dredging Department into a Division status to be headed by a General Manager in recognition of its strategic importance to the Authority; the upgrade of the Information and Communications Technology Department  into a Division to take more responsibilities from Departments like Utilities; the creation of a new Monitoring and Regulations Division; the merger of the Capital Projects and Maintenance Divisions into a single Engineering Division to eliminate redundancies; the scrapping of the Special Duties Division; scrapping of the zonal office structure such that departments in the ports will now report directly to the head office.

The Board, led by Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye, also scrapped the current two-zone system and approved the redistribution of all General Managers in the organization.

Affected by the changes are Goje Abudulahi Aliyu (General Manager Eastern Ports) who now takes charge of newly created Corporate and Strategic Communications Division.

Also affected is Capt. Ebubeogu Iheanacho who until now was General Manager Monitoring and Compliance Western Zone, who will now serve as General Manager in the Managing Director’s office.

The erstwhile General Manger Special Duties Mrs Ugo Madubuike now assumes duty as General Manager, Monitoring and Regulatory Services.

Other highlights of the changes are those affecting Abdulahi Buhari who was General Manager SERVICOM who will take charge of Administration, while Mohammed Nasir Anas, moves from Administration to Security.

NPA’s Abuja Laison office is to be overseen by Kabir Edward Dauda, the erstwhile General Manager, Monitoring and Compliance of the Eastern Zone.

Other new postings are those of Engr. Peter Obinomen, General Manger Capital Projects who is now to assume functions as GM, Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Engr. Mohammed Ahmed Rufai GM PP and D, now General Manager- Engineering.

A statement from the Corporate and Strategic Communications Division also lists Mrs Ufere Carolyn, GM Superannuation who now takes charge of SERVICOM and Arc Gbadamosi Rafiu Abiodun GM Operations Western Ports moves to Superannuation.

In similar vein, the General Manger Maintenance Engr. Jatto Adeiza now takes charge of land and Asset Administration while Onueyenwa Simeon Obumneme, General Manager C and SP assumes duty as General Manager in charge of ICT.

All handover formalities are expected to be completed by 8th September 2017.

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