The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has assured the youths of the organisation of the support of the management at all times, especially towards developing the much-needed capacity to grow the maritime industry.
Bala Usman, who gave the assurance during the virtual official inauguration of the NPA-Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Chapter, codenamed NPA/CILT Next Generation Chapter, said she was glad that youths of the organisation could come together to explore the opportunities that the CILT presents for the development of not only their careers but also the progress of the maritime sector.
She observed that such efforts gave people like her the confidence that the future would be better, adding that with young people who are diligent at work and committed to the continuous search for knowledge and professional development, the sky is the limit for the industry.
She said: “In my experience, I have come to realise that one of the greatest pitfalls of youth is the inability to quickly come to terms with the responsibility that the future places on them. When youths do not understand the roles that they have in the future of society, they are unable to explore the opportunities that the present offers them and build the necessary capacity for the future.
“This is why on a lot of occasions when the opportunity falls on the laps of young people, they are not sufficiently prepared to make the best of those opportunities to the benefit of society. This is why I am happy about the NPA/CILT Next Generation Chapter.
“It is heartwarming that you have not just come together in unity as one would expect of every staffer of any organisation that aspires for progress, but you also made it a point of duty to develop yourselves and build the capacity of your members through your regular Zoominar series.
“I encourage you not to relent in these efforts. Regardless of the challenges that you face, be rest assured that you will reap the reward of every investment that you put into the initiatives in the future to the benefits of yourself, the maritime industry and Nigeria in general,” she stated.