From Anthony Nwachukwu, Lagos
Nigeria needs a healthy, motivated and efficient workforce as necessary ingredient to realise its enormous maritime potentials, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has said.
Usman, speaking in Calabar at the end of the NPA Sports Association (NIPOSA) Games, Calabar 2018, stressed that only a healthy and productive workforce can help the nation realise its maritime potentials.
To that end, he urged all employers of maritime labour to make “fitness for health” through sports not only a priority but compulsory requirement for their employees to boost their efficiency and well-being, a statement by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Mr. Abdullahi Goje, read.
According to her, hosting the 2018 edition of the NIPOSA Games after a 17-year lull “was not a misplaced decision. You will all agree with me that the NIPOSA Games has remained an effective avenue for sports development, well-being and socialisation among the NPA workforce.”
Usman assured that within the limits of budgetary provisions, the agency would ensure that the hosting of the NIPOSA Games becomes a regular and annual feature in its corporate calendar of events.
Meanwhile, she commended all sister-government agencies, stakeholders and terminal operators who supported and participated in the games, where the Marina Headquarters emerged overall winner with 28 medals, comprising nine gold, eight silver and 11 bronze, as well as the MD’s giant trophy.
The Tin Can Island Port, Lagos, was second with five gold, four silver and six bronze medals, while Rivers Port was third with five gold, four silver and five bronze medals. The host port, Calabar, was fourth with five gold, two silver and a bronze medal, which included the football competition gold medal, after they beat the HQ team 2-2 in penalty shootout.
Also, Mr. Osagie Obama of the HQ and Mrs. Ann Onyindinepe Bens of Onne Port, both of the NPA Security Division, won the male and female new faces of NPA. Participants at the games were the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC).
Others included Lagos Channel Management (LCM), Bonny Channel Company (BCC), Eco-Marine Company (ECM), BOA Group, Integrated Logistics (INTELS), PTOL, Africa Circle and General Marine & Oil Services Ltd, among others.