There are indications that the current Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, is interested in harnessing the full benefits of social media in the dissemination of vital information to core stakeholders.
Specifically, the managing director has reshuffled the authority’s public relations department in line with modern day media realities, even as she redeployed the General Manager, Western Ports, Chief Michael Kayode Ajayi, back to Public Affairs, a man who rivals the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, in terms of positive media reportage, far beyond the reach of NPA headquarters.
An insider opined that as soon as she resumed duties she picked holes in the system on ground, and offered worthy counsel on how deployment of information and communications technology, ICT, could be significantly improved.
Subsequently, the public affairs department, as advised by the managing director, began a three-day retreat on Thursday, August 25, aimed at reviewing and entrenching new vision and renewed determination in timely and accuracy of reportage, especially its activities in terms of dynamism, commitment and efficiency.
Similarly, Usman has redeployed 19 top staff, particularly those within the general manager cadre.
Aside from the public affairs department formerly headed by Capt. Ebubegu Ihenacho, but which now is to be anchored by Chief Ajayi, as Ebubeogu moves to Monitoring and Enforcement, M&E, Western Ports; the General Manager, ND&JV, Mrs. Madubuike Ugowho, has emerged the General Manager, Special Duties; while Talabi Tolulope whose last post was General Manager, C&SP is now General Manager, NB&JV; and the General Manager, Marine and Operations, Goje Abdulahi Aliyu, is now GM, Eastern Ports.
Also affected were the General Manager, London Office, Abdulahi Buhari, who is now in-charge of SERVICOM; General Manager, Abuja Liaison Office, Mohammed Nasir Anas, is now General Manager, Admin; Kabir Edward is now General Manager, M&C Eastern Ports; General Manager PP&D, Yusuf Ahmed, General Manager, HSE.
In the same vein, the General Manager, M&O, Obinomen Peter Micheal, was moved to Capital Projects; GM, Eastern Ports, Asanga Joshua, becomes General Manager, MO; while Mallam Mohammed Ahmed Rufai, General Manager, Capital Projects is now the General Manager, PP&D.
In another development, thousands of Lagos and Ogun residents have been displaced, while property estimated at billions of naira destroyed after heavy downpours on Saturday and Sunday.

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