The approval of the board meeting which was a fall out of the July 27, 2017, also approved the redistribution of all general managers in its employ.
A statement signed by Ibrahim Nasiru, Principal Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of NPA said that the review becomes important because NPA’s structure has remained the same in spite of the 2006 concession which changed the Authority status from owner/operator of the ports to the landlord.
Other changes approved by the board include: the reduction in the number of general managers from 25 to 22; the upgrade of the Hydrography and Dredging Department into a Division status to be headed by a general manager in recognition of its strategic importance to the Authority and the upgrade of the Information and Communications Technology Department into a Division to take more responsibilities from Departments like Utilities.
Others include the creation of a new Monitoring and Regulations Division; the merger of the Capital Projects and Maintenance Divisions into a single Engineering Division to eliminate redundancies; the scrapping of the Special Duties Division; scrapping of the zonal office structure such that departments in the ports will now report directly to the head office.
Also, the statement said that other decisions taken include a change in the nomenclature of nine departments and divisions including Public Affairs, which will now be known as Corporate Communications; Overseas Office (London Office) intoInternational Liaison Office; Capital Projects and Maintenance Divisions now to be known as Engineering Division; Hydrography& Dredging Department now Hydrography Services Division; Monitoring and Compliance Division now Monitoring and Regulation Division; Commercial and Port Promotion Services Department now Tariff& Billing Department; Secretary/Legal Services now Legal Services; Insurance & Risk Management Department now Enterprise Risk Management Department andthe Business Development and Joint Venture Department into Public Private Partnership Division.
The statement further said that the Authority is convinced that this new structure will enhance its capacity to meet its new mandate and strategic direction; improve allocation and optimization of resources; eliminate the duplication of resource and work duplication and reduce cost to income ratio to the advantage of all stakeholders and Nigerians as a whole.
The Authority assures that the ultimate goal of this initiative is to institute a transparent and efficient system which will deliver the best dividend to Nigeria and its citizens.