Alhaji Abubakar Garba Umar has taken over the mantle of leadership from Mr Emmanuel Akporherhe as the new Port Manager in Tincan Island Port Complex, Apapa Lagos, even as he has called for maximum co-operation and discipline amongst the staff to enable him achieve his mandate at the second most busiest port in Nigeria.
Speaking to PLATFORM REPORTERS after a hand-over meeting held last week at Tincan Island Port Complex, Alhaji Umar did not mince words in saying that he would expect hundred percent discipline from his staff, as well as maximum co-operation both from staff and all stakeholders in the ports in order to move Tincan Port to the next level.
According to him, “The number one expectation is cooperation from colleagues and the stakeholders, especially the cardinal operators, shipping companies, haulage companies, and most especially the sister government agencies.
“This is because the Nigerian Ports Authority is here to render service and when we see it as a common goal to serve our country, Nigeria, I believe things will go well”.
On the aspect of work ethics expected of his staff, the new Port Manager has this to say: “When you talk about work ethics, for those who know Umar know that when it comes to discipline, you have to be one hundred percent.
“In punctuality, you also have to be up and doing. As you see me, I use to go round the offices to see who and who is there. The heads of the departments should be very cooperative because you know the Port Manager cannot be everywhere, so they have to wake up.
“Thirdly, our customer satisfaction is key. We don’t have to keep customers waiting. Any document assigned to you, if you have any issues with it, bring it back with your observations, not to keep it.
“Then, the environment has to be very conducive for work. This is very vital because if the environment is not conducive, it will affect staff performance. These are the things I have to study to know what is on ground, and what to improve upon. So, it’s a matter of filling the gap”, Umar stated.
Speaker further while responding to questions from PLATFORM REPORTERS on the issue of Apapa gridlock, the new Port Manager said the Apapa gridlock was not a new thing to him having worked in Tincan Port before and also served as a one-time Secretary in a Presidential Committee to decongest the Apapa gridlock.
He promised to study the report handed over to him and expressed his readiness to make his inputs on how to remedy the situation especially the area under his control because according to him, the federal government has taken drastic measures to end the Apapa gridlock.
Earlier in his handover speech, the out-going Port Manager, Mr Emmanuel Akporherhe thanked the staff and the departmental heads for the support given to him during his reign in Tincan Island Port.
He urged the entire staff to also give their maximum support to the new Port Manager. Adding that he would be happy to see the new Port Manager achieve more than him as he leaves.
The staff also took turns to pour encomiums on the out-going Port Manager for doing his best in Tincan Island Port Complex during his stay.
Speaking about Mr Emmanuel Akporherhe, the Chief Internal Auditor, Mr N. Pella thanked the outgoing Port Manager for doing his bits as Port Manager of Tincan port. He commended the him for maintaining a good working relationship with the staff. Adding that the staff have learnt a lot from the PM during his stay.
Also speaking, The Chief Estate Officer, Mr John Egobi praised the outgoing PM for always allowing the staff to freely air their views during meetings.
He asked the Mr Akporherhe to forgive whoever might have offended him during his stay as Tincan Port Manager. He also urged him to be a good ambassador of Tincan Port in the headquarters he was going.
Speaking on behalf of the female folks, Head, Employee and Labour Relations, Mrs Fatima Jato, thanked Mr Akporherhe and prayed for him to succeed in his new office.
Highlight of the handover meeting was taking of a group photograph by the new and the outgoing Port Managers with the entire management Staff of Tincan Island Port.