The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) held its long service awards in Lagos on Saturday, with an announcement that it had received the approval of the Federal Government to increase the salaries of its workers.
The long service awards ceremony, where 387 staff were honoured, was attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Governor of Lagos State represented by the Commissioner of Transport Frederic Oladeinde, Minister of Transportation Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, Minister of State for Transportation, Ademola Adegoroye and Minister of State for Health, Ekumankama Joseph Nkama, among others.
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo commended the Managing Director of NPA for what he described as his unprecedented performance in revenue generation and remittance to government coffers.
“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 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, he had commended the Managing Director for his exceptional performance and was glad that he had not relented in his efforts, especially in the aspect of staff welfare.
He said, “In my median visit to NPA upon resumption of office as Minister of Transportation, I commended the NPA MD for his unprecedented performance in revenue generation and remittance. He has solicited my backing and support to fast track the processes and procedures for the implementation of salary increase which I immediately acceded to and today I am delighted that it has been achieved.”
Sambo congratulated the long service award recipients and the entire staff of NPA for their commitment.
“Let me also tell you that the ministry under my watch will continue to provide everything possible for the welfare of the staff of the ministry,” he said.
Earlier, the Managing Director of NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko, thanked the Federal Government for its support towards enhancing the welfare of the workers.
“We will like to use this opportunity to appreciate everyone here for their support towards the delivery of salary increase for our dedicated staff,” Bello-Koko said.
In addition to long service awards to NPA staff who have served for 20 years and above, awards were also presented to President Muhammadu Buhari, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha and the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo.
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