By Frank Odinukaeze
The Federal Government has pledged its support for the Nigerian Ports Authority’s (NPA) initiatives on staff welfare.
Minister of Transportation, Engr.Mu’azu Jaji Sambo made this pledged at the 2022 Year Long Service/Merit Award of the Nigerian Ports Authority.
The Minister congratulated awardees and the entire workers of the NPA for their teamwork and contributions to the successes being recorded.
“Let me pledge to you all that the Ministry under my watch will continue to provide unflinching support for all initiatives of the Authority’s management geared towards the promotion of staff welfare.
“As someone that loves to identify with human virtues, I was highly elated when I received the invitation from the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority to be part of this noble effort.
“Today, we celebrate employees who have dedicated twenty years of their lives to the service of Nigeria through the Authority for twenty years and those in the merit category who have accomplished exceptional feats through uncommon dutifulness,” he said.
Sambo recalled that he had during his maiden visit to NPA, commended the Managing Director for his performance and was glad that he had not relented in his efforts, especially in the aspect of staff welfare.
“In my maiden visit to the Authority upon appointment as Minister of Transportation, whilst, I had commended the Managing Director for the unprecedented performance in revenue generation and remittance.
“He had solicited my backing and support to fast track the processes and procedures necessary for the implementation of staff salary increase which I immediately acceded to, and today I am delighted it has been achieved,” he said.
Sambo noted that the celebration demonstrates that the Managing Director and his team understand that organizations that want to create and sustain superior performance must put people first.
The high point of the event was the Presentation of awards to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, the SGF, and the Award of Recognition for Quality Maritime Leadership to the honourable Minister of Transportation.
However, the Minister Of Transportation, commended recipients of the 2022 Long Service Merit Award saying that”I am pleased to welcome you to this year’s NPA Long Service and Merit award ceremony, congratulations to our awardees on achieving a significant milestone in their career.
According to Sambo, open commendation of dedicated workers has a vast bearing on organizational growth. Sambo also commended the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority for its commitment to staff welfare.
His words, “Indeed, open commendation of dedicated workers on an elaborate occasion such as this has a vast bearing on organizational growth as it boosts employees’ morale and motivates them to do more. I would like to commend the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority for its commitment to staff welfare and the organizers for putting together this event. Thank you,” he said.
Sambo while appreciating the awardees noted that their contributions to service are signs that they are passionate and dedicated to the progress of NPA.
“Dear awardees, your contributions are nothing less than a mark of passion, perseverance and dedication. “We are very proud to have such loyal and committed people representing the Nigerian Ports Authority, the Federal Ministry of Transportation and by extension the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We value your hard work, extensive knowledge and invaluable experience. You are all important members of our team and your abilities and contributions are of paramount importance for our continued success.”They say that the knowledge that one has is a profit, the more knowledge means more profit. The collective knowledge from all you have acquired over the years makes NPA a highly profitable and enviable organization.
“It is certain that the journey has not always been smooth sailing and that you have encountered challenges along the way. Yet, you persevered and remained because of your passion and love for what you do.
“Your presence this evening is therefore a true testament that with determination, endurance, discipline and the right attitude, you have been able to push through and overcome the hurdles.
“As we honour your service milestone this evening, we hope that this serves as an inspiration to your other colleagues and those who will join the Nigerian Ports Authority in the future. Congratulations to you all,” he said.
Present also at the event were:
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Lagos State Governor, represented by the Lagos State commissioner of Transport, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, the Honourable Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, the Honourable Minister of State, Health, Hon. Ekumankama Joseph Nkama, Honourable Minister of State, Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye among others.