The Nigerian Port Authority has announce the appointment of its Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman as the Vice President (Africa region) of the International Association of Ports and Habors (IAPH), the Tokyo Japan-based global trade association for Sea Ports.
According to an official statement signed by NPA’s Principal manager public affairs, Ibrahim Nasiru, She joins five other vice presidents representing America, Central & South America, North; Asia, South/west; East & Middle East; Asia, South East & Oceania and Europe on the governing body of the 62-year old organization.
President of the organization, Mr Santiago Garcia Mila from Spain said Hadiza Bala Usman is expected to resume her position with immediate effect until the Annual General Meeting in 2019 scheduled to take place in Guangzhou China, the IAPH said in a congratulatory message to the head of the Nigerian ports in spite of her short period of service in the sector.
Hadiza Bala Usman however expressed delight at the election which she says is in recognition of Nigeria’s strategic importance in the global maritime map and the effort of the NPA to reposition the ports.
She further pledges to justify the confidence of the members of the association and make Nigeria proud in the period of her service at IAPH.
Founded in 1995, the IAPH is a non-governmental organization which represents the interest of ports across the world. Its has a membership of over 200 ports and national ports representative bodies and recently acquired consultative state with five United Nations agencies including : United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO); United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); International Labour Office (ILO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO).