NPA Moves To Attain ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 Certification

Yemisi Izuora 

The Managing Director Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has directed units in the agency charged with the responsibility of ensuring the Authority achieves the ISO 9001 & OHSAS 18001 certification and compliant especially in its Harbours Services, to step up efforts to ensure it is realized.

 She gave the units a 90 (Ninety) day ultimatum to accomplish all the identified critical requirements needed to ensure the successful attainment of the ISO 9001 Certification project within the Harbour Services of the Authority.

Speaking at a Management Awareness Workshop on the subject in Lagos on Monday, the Managing Director implored all top cadre Management office of the Authority to fully identify with the Management’s vision in achieving the ISO compliant and certification.

The awareness workshop which is being managed by the Renner & Renner Training & Consultancy Services is part of activities towards getting the Authority certified and compliant to the ISO Standards specifically in the Harbour system.

Hadiza Bala Usman enjoined all the workforce of the Authority to be committed to the total success of the project so that the ports would be seen to be contributing positively to the nation’s economy and further attain relevance amongst other ports in the International Maritime terrain especially in the sub region. 

While impressing on the consultant to be “Open and frank” in the conduct of the project, the Managing Director stressed the need for them to address all the issues involved on the subject, adding that the Management will be guided by the outcome of the workshop in its ISO compliant and certification drive.

On the implementation and sustenance of the ISO project, Hadiza explained that the Management would strictly adhere to the timeline and effective tracking to ensure that all aspects of the project are adequately covered.

Giving an insight into the content of the workshop and the project, the Project Manager Ibby Iyama said there is an urgent need for change in the way things are done within the Harbours Services of the Authority with a view to improving the efforts to attain of the ISO certification.

She explained that Harbour services being the bedrock of the Authority’s operations is at the centre of the project, which would also cover the Four Pilotage Districts and the Communication, Command, Control and Intelligence (3C1) Centre.

Ibby Iyama enumerated the enormous benefits that awaits the Authority if the Organisation achieved the ISO certification to include improved financial performance, quick turnaround time, improved traffic and business processes and other quality assures services to NPA’s vast clients.

Similar awareness workshop would be held in all port locations in Lagos, Rivers, Calabar and Warri, within the next two weeks attendance would include Port Managers, Harbour Masters, Senior Pilots and Health Safety and Environment Officers (HSE)

Police say drone didn’t cause Leicester helicopter crash, as black box found

The helicopter crash which killed Leicester City FC owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was not caused by a police drone, Leicestershire Police said on Monday as investigations continue into how the accident happened.

Thai businessman Srivaddhanaprabha died along with four others when his helicopter crashed and then exploded outside the football club’s King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The incident occurred after a season 2018/2019 English Premier League match against West Ham United.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said it had recovered the flight data recorder.

It added it was going to remain in the city until the end of the week before transporting the wreckage to its facilities in Farnborough.

“Today, our inspectors in Farnborough will start working on the recorder, which was subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire,” according to a statement from the AAIB, which investigates all civil aircraft accidents in Britain.

The cause of the crash remains unclear.

Leicestershire Police said on Twitter that their drone was not in flight when the helicopter left the stadium.

It came down in a car park outside the ground shortly after 1930 GMT, about an hour after the end the match.

Police named the other victims of the crash as passengers Izabela Roza Lechowiczas, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, and pilot Eric Swaffer.

The Italian maker of the helicopter, Leonardo SpA, said it was ready to assist the investigation.

Vichai’s family, including his son and wife Aiyawatt and Aimon, arrived at the stadium on Monday to lay flowers among the mass of tributes already left by the club’s supporters.

Hundreds of people had queued since the morning to lay toys, scarves and bouquets to remember the much-loved owner who took over the club in 2010.

He had overseen their incredible rise from the second tier to English Premier League title winners in 2016.

Players and staff from the club were also at the stadium to pay their respects.

Leicester City’s first-team squad had a short training session on Monday morning.

But the club’s fourth round League Cup tie with Southampton, scheduled for Tuesday at the King Power, was postponed because of the accident. – Reuters. 

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