La­gos, NPA ap­point board mem­bers for Lekki port

The Punch - - APPOINTMENT & MANAGEMENT - Ozioma Ubabukoh

IN their ca­pac­ity as share­hold­ers in the devel­op­ment of the Lekki Deep Sea Port, the La­gos State Gov­ern­ment and the Nige­rian Ports Au­thor­ity have ap­pointed rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the Board of Di­rec­tors of the Lekki Port LFTZ En­ter­prise.

The state gov­ern­ment ap­pointed Em­manuel Ades­oye and Ola­bode Oyedele, while the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the NPA, Hadiza Us­man, will rep­re­sent the agency on the board.

Ades­oye, who will serve as the chair­man of the board of di­rec­tors of the LPLE, is a char­tered accountant and ad­min­is­tra­tor of in­ter­na­tional re­pute with over 28 years’ of ex­pe­ri­ence in the pri­vate sec­tor and in the oil and gas in­dus­try.

A state­ment by the com­pany read in part, “He (Oyedele) is the cur­rent chair­man of the board of di­rec­tors of the NPA, and also serves as a di­rec­tor of other boards, in­clud­ing the La­gos State Univer­sity Col­lege of Medicine.

“Oyedele, the sec­ond ap­pointee for the La­gos State Gov­ern­ment, is a thor­ough­bred pro­fes­sional with a sound track record in both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors. He rose through the ranks to be­come a per­ma­nent sec­re­tary of the La­gos Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Co­op­er­a­tives, and he has been run­ning a very suc­cess­ful pri­vate busi­ness since his stint with the gov­ern­ment at the fed­eral level.

“Prior to her ap­point­ment as the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the NPA, Hadiza Us­man, who is an ac­tivist and sea­soned pub­lic ser­vant, served as Chief of Staff to the Gover­nor of Kaduna State, Mal­lam Nasir el-ru­fai.”

Speak­ing at the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of the LPLE, at which the ap­point­ments were ap­proved by the share­hold­ers, the act­ing Board Chair­man, Chief Joseph Sanusi, com­mended the ef­forts and roles of suc­ces­sive ad­min­is­tra­tions in La­gos State to­wards the ac­tu­al­i­sa­tion of the Lekki port project.

Sanusi, a for­mer Gover­nor of the Cen­tral Bank of Nige­ria, is an in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tor ap­pointed by Lekki Port In­vest­ment Hold­ings.

He also com­mended the man­age­ment of the NPA, both present and past, for their un­wa­ver­ing sup­port, which he noted had con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of the project.

Sanusi ex­pressed op­ti­mism that the project, when fully com­pleted, “will elim­i­nate the nag­ging is­sues in the Nige­rian mar­itime sec­tor.”

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Co­op­er­a­tives, La­gos State, Mr. Olalekan Akodu, who rep­re­sented the Com­mis­sioner, Mrs. Olayinka Oladun­joye, com­mended the man­age­ment and share­hold­ers for their re­silience and dili­gence in mak­ing the devel­op­ment of the project a re­al­ity.

He noted that the com­bined sup­port from the state gov­ern­ment and the NPA had shown the high level of com­mit­ment, “which both the state and the fed­eral gov­ern­ments are pro­vid­ing to see the project ma­te­ri­alise.”

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