By Steve Agbota, Lagos

Champion Newspapers Limited has announced the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) as the winner of its Government Agency Award and the NPA Managing Director, Mohammed Bello Koko as the Most Outstanding Public Servant in 2023.

According to the Newspapers’ management, the NPA has shown commitment to its mission of delivering efficient port services in a safe, secure and customer-friendly environment and stood out as be maritime logistics hub for sustainable port services in Africa.

In a statement by the General Managing Director, Dr Mrs Nwadiuto Iheakanwa, the ports agency was lauded for its unique initiatives in 2023 channelled toward enhancing the frontiers of trade facilitation which climaxed in the operationalization of the Lekki Deep Seaport.

Iheakanwa described Mohammed Koko as one of the leading Chief Executive Officers in Nigeria who has distinguished himself as a dynamic business administrator, innovative manager, and technocrat while exhibiting a high degree of integrity and transparency in both private and public affairs.

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She said, “The twin award, a product of the painstaking selection of our board of editors, is our modest way of recognizing institutions and leaders in both public and private sectors of the economy who have paid a greater sacrifice in ensuring that the fundamental objectives and ideals of our nationhood are sustained.

“On all scores, our findings, largely corroborated by that of independent assessors, confirm that NPA under your management in the last four years has received fresh impetus due largely to your exemplary leadership skills, sustained its solid tradition of excellence and trajectory as an agency of first choice and agency that has made the country proud and contributed immensely to its economic and social development.

“Your ingenious, creative, pragmatic and resilient approach to leadership has brought a lot of transformation to the NPA which has continued to surmount some of the known challenges that have made the nation’s ports largely inefficient over the years, which include infrastructure deficits, policy and regulatory inconsistencies, overlapping functions, and duplication of roles among ministries, departments and agencies operating at the ports and high incidence of infractions.

“Since your assumption of office, as a technocrat and seasoned professional, you have put in place policies and strategies that helped transform NPA and increased its revenue base as one of the foremost government agencies. Indeed you have demonstrated the passion, dedication, competence, commitment and dynamism required to build a leading port in the world today.”

The Nigerian Ports Authority has recorded improved performances in its works which have remarkably boosted revenue generation and remittances to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) of the Federation, with revenues steadily growing from N361billion in 2022 to N501billion as of December 2023, and remittances increasing from N93.4billion in 2022 to N131.2 billion by the end of 2023.

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