Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has expressed commitment to preparing its ageing workforce for life after retirement.
SHIPS & PORTS DAILY reported exclusively on August 1, 2016 that no fewer than 700 workers of the organization cutting across both the junior and senior cadres would be due for retirement by the end of 2017.
Addressing a cross-section of the upcoming set of retirees in a sensitization and awareness programme held recently in Lagos, NPA Managing Director, Alhaja Hadiza Bala Usman, enjoined the retirees to ensure they carefully embark on future ventures so as to optimally utilize the array of financial benefits accruable to them.
Represented by the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mohammed Bello Koko, Usman said the workshop titled “Know your retirement plan” had been carefully designed to positively impact on the retiring workers mostly because it had been perfected in collaboration with experts in the subject amongst whom are IEI Anchor Pension Managers Limited, Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited, First Bank Commercial Limited and select team of insurers as facilitators alongside the NPA’s Superannuation and Investment Division.
She added that it is expected that the workers would tap into the vast experience of the resource persons.
Usman said the workshop would be held every year to help potential retirees in the areas of effective preparedness towards retirement for better management of their benefits.
The NPA boss said the workshop was designed to further sharpen the skills of the workers “in order to gainfully run ventures and investments they step into after retirement”.
The participants were made up of the pool of would-be retirees and retired officers of NPA globally for the 2017 fiscal year.
“The event would eventually cascade to the port locations nationwide,” NPA Assistant General Manager of Corporate and Strategic Communications, Ibrahim Nasiru said.