No fewer than 321 workers in Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) have bagged long service award.
The beneficiaries of the awards were drawn from all the six ports under the control of the authority including its two zones and corporate headquarters. The 326 award recipients have worked in NPA for at least 30 years as at 2011.
The 2012 NPA long service awards which took place at Eko Hotel in Lagos, is the first in ten years. The last was held in December 2002 during the administration of Alhaji Aminu Dabo as its Managing Director.
Managing Director of NPA, Mallam Habib Abdullahi, who presented the awards, said that the organisation appreciates the contribution of its workers and will continue to accord priority attention to their welfare.
He lauded the awardees for serving the authority with commitment and integrity for the number of years they have put in the service.
Apparently aware of the long time it has taken the authority to organise long service award over the years, Abdullahi revealed that it would be organised more frequently, possibly every two years, so as to accommodate more workers in the subsequent years.
He reiterated management's continued commitment to welfare of the workforce whose dedication and loyalty have contributed immensely to the realisation of organisational goals and objectives.
While appreciating the contributions of the award recipients, Abdullahi charged all the members of staff to be diligent and remain committed to the organisation's ideals. He also charged the awardees to eschew acts that will be inimical to the development of the ports and the Nigerian economy.
Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mr. Olumide Oduntan, had earlier in his welcome address acknowledged that the recipients have gained experience over the years and that their selfless service has helped build the organisation where the current generation is working happily.
Oduntan affirmed that the awardees have laid a solid foundation which the current workforce will continue to build upon so as to take the organisation to internationally-accepted standard. He also urged the recipients to move forward with a sense of dignity having rendered over 30 years of quality service.
Items such as split unit and standing air conditioners, set of sofa, gas cookers were distributed to different categories of the awardees, in addition to a plague to commemorate the event.
Responding on behalf of the awardees, Mallam Mohammed Bulangu, lauded management for considering them worthy of the award.
Bulangu, who was until last week was the General Manager, Western Ports and was the only General Manager among the long service award recipients, said the award will spur them to do more for the authority.
Others are seven Assistant General Managers, 11 Principal Managers and five Senior Managers. The most junior recipient was a Patrolman.