By Frank Odinukaeze
Josephine Moltok has been appointed as the new General Manager (GM), Corporate and Strategic Communications (C&SC), by the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority( NPA).
TodayNews gathered that Moltok took over the office of GM C&SC Tuesday, from Mrs Oluyemisi Oyinlola, a lawyer, who held the office for barely one month.
Managing Director, Mallam Mohammed Bello-Koko, following her appointment, has been hailed by industry watchers for sticking to professionalism by ensuring that the department is handled by well-trained in-house personnel.
They see this development as a radical departure from the unpopular tradition established by his predecessors of picking Tom, Dick and Harry from other departments to head a place that is endowed with qualified media and Public Relations (PR) handlers.
Moltok, an old war horse in media and PR management, was for many years, the NPA’s Head of the Overseas Liaison Office in London. She returned to Nigeria last year to head the Administration Division of the Authority as its GM from where she was moved to the new position.
The soft-spoken new image maker, who hails from Plateau State, worked as a Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the defunct Western Zone of NPA in Apapa and later moved to the Calabar Port.
Moltok who had worked at the agency’s defunct head office in Abuja after which she came to serve at the former Roll-On Roll-Off (RoRo) Port in Tin Can, Lagos, had equally headed the PR Unit of the Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Apapa.
She was to later serve as the National Assembly Liaison Officer of NPA in the Abuja liaison office where she later became the Assistant General Manager (AGM).
At her promotion to a General Manager, the new NPA image maker headed the Servicom Division before moving to the London office.
Her colleagues and peers have always quoted her as one who prides herself as having “been privileged to work with and be mentored by exceptional people”.
As a result of her appointments the new C&SC, Mrs Oyinlola who occupied that position for less than a month,has returned to her former duty post as the GM Legal Services/Board. For the brief period she held sway at the C&SC, the staff of the department saw her as one who not only hit the ground running but was passionate and full of compassion for them and stakeholders, including the few journalists that came her way.