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Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority Hadiza Usman/ Photo NAN

The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority has no plans to retrench staff.

Managing Director of the NPA Hadiza Usman made this known during her visit to the Warri Port.

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Usman was responding to reports that the company was planning to cut down its work force.  She described the story of retrenchment as a “rumour’’.

The NPA boss said rather than the company retrenching staff,  management would recruit more.

She said that the management had tasked the General Manager, Human Resources, to bring up ideas on succession plan of the organisation.

Usman said  the management has introduced performance-based appraisal whereby every personnel would be appraised based on his or her performance.

She said the management would take remedial measures to prevent ships from getting grounded at the Escravos breakwaters due to high siltation.

Port manager highlights dangers

In the meantime, the Manager of Warri Port Simeon Okeke has highlighted the dangers posed by the breakwaters and the channels leading to the port due to high siltation.

He said that in the absence of vital buoys, it has become impossible to navigate. He added that a number of times, vessels went aground.

The port manager also lamented that the right vessels were not coming into Warri Port. He said it was due to the shallow nature of the berths.

Okeke suggested dredging and mooring of the channels of Warri Port as well as the removal of wrecks.

“The port needs intensive promotion to give the correct image as well as the complete rehabilitation of the facilities in the port,’’ the News Agency of Nigeria quotes him as saying.