All roads lead to Apapa today (sorry we’re not allowed to disclose the full address) as friends and associates celebrate a heroine of Nigerian ports, Mrs Elizabeth Aina Egharevba as she clocks 60.
A woman much idealised and admired for her courage, forthrightness, outstanding achievements and noble qualities, Egharevba remains the first and only female to serve as Executive Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) since its establishment in 1955.
She was appointed Executive Director, Marine and Operations of NPA in November 2007, a position she held till December 2011. Before her appointment as the first female ED, Egharevba served as Port Manager of the then RORO Port and later as Port Manager of the nation’s premiere seaport, the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa.
She played an active role in the actualisation of the Federal Government’s port reform programme of 2006.
She has been credited with many feats in all the key positions she held including streamlining marine and cargo handling operations at the port and creating a policy that eased traffic in Apapa during her tenure.
Egharevba, who has served in several government committees, joined NPA as Personnel Officer I at Warri Port in present day Delta State. A Bachelors of Education (English and Literature) graduate of the University of Benin, she has attended several trainings; obtaining professional diplomas and certificates; from various institutions across the world.
Egharevba is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute of Technology and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, London.
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