NPA denies plan to sack workers, announces recruitment.

Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Usman, has denied alleged plan by management to sack workers.

She spoke on Thursday during a tour of Warri Port.

Usman said rather than the NPA retrenching staff, management was set to recruit more staff and had tasked the General Manager, Human Resources, to work 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.

The managing director said that the management would take remedial measures so as not to allow ships to be grounded at the Escravos breakwaters due to high siltation.

Earlier, Port Manager of Warri Port, Mr Simeon Okeke, had highlighted the dangers posed by the breakwaters and the channels leading to the port due to high siltation.

The port manager also lamented that the right vessels were not coming into Warri Port because of the shallow nature of the berths.

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

He said that more manpower should be recruited into the various departments.

Meanwhile, Senate has threatened to revoke the port concession agreement with any terminal operator that fails to keep its own side of the agreement.

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