Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has an irresistible character. She incapacitates anyone that comes around her with uncanny knowledge and intellective action(s). She wants to drum to the ear of anyone who cares to listen that she would not bow to social standards that draw a red line for ladies not to accomplish grand statures in their picked vocations.
As indicated by her, while talking at an occasion composed by CNN Africa in an organization with the British Deputy High Commission in Nigeria, in the finish of the “Ladies’ Month” festivity, “I wouldn’t remain in that place they put me … Where I originate from in the North, ladies are moulded to feel that they’re not intended to be out there. In any case, I’m a lady who will take what’s mine. I fill in as a motivation for young ladies out there.
“So I energize we all – young ladies, more seasoned ladies – to simply consider what our identity is and what we need to accomplish and push the limits and decline to be characterized by any other individual.”
The individuals who have firmly followed the exercises of the NPA MD since she assumed responsibility in 2016, would concur that she is no weakling. Courageous and profoundly engaged, she has presented changes that raised a ruckus. One of them was the dispatch of the temporary last charging and client entryway module of Revenue Invoice Management System planned for improving help offering at the port, accomplice relationship, make proficient instalment strategy, augment income and kill misfortune related with extortion and income spillage, procurement and authorizing of four new towing boats, to be specific MT Daura, MT Ubima, MT Uromi and MT Majiya, so as to additionally improve operational effectiveness.
She additionally built the change of the NPA labour advancement practices to improve the expertise, information and limit of representatives and distributed the tax system of her parastatal on the site for the entire world to see, in accordance with the vision of straightforwardness and accountability. To guarantee straightforwardness and responsibility, she made the NPA the first among all MDAs to open its financial limit to general society with the marking of a Memorandum of Understanding with Budget Open Budget System Platform and Implementation of a Public Data Dissemination program.
Bala-Usman built up and dug in a level playing field for all administrators in the port business by evacuating all bottlenecks that ruin solid rivalry in the business. She de-grouped ports terminals and subsequently evacuating the categorisation of certain ports as carefully oil and gas, among different improvements.
She began her vocation with Center for Democratic Development and Research Training (CEDDERT), Zaria, a non-administrative association in 1999 as a Research Assistant. She from there on worked at the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), the officer accused of the usage of the privatization program from July 2000-August 2004 as an Enterprise Officer. She was then procured by the UNDP for the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) from October 2004-January 2008, as a Special Assistant to the Minister on Project Implementation.
Because of all these and numerous other prominent accomplishments, the Financial Times (FT) named her among the most persuasive ladies of 2014. She had additionally developed as CNN’s most rousing lady of 2014 and similarly named by Ebony Magazine among 100 most powerful dark ladies on the planet in 2014.