The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority Hadiza Bala Usman has said efforts would be intensified to ensure the NPA football team fondly called Hadiza Warriors retains the trophy in 2019.
Usman acknowledged that though NIMASA which NPA defeated in the final 4-1 is strong this year, but NPA would even be stronger in the 2019 games.
While receiving the Maritime Cup which was delivered to her by the General Manager Human Resources and Chairman Nigerian Ports Sports Association (NIPOSA) Alhaji Yahaya Bukar at her Marina office in Lagos, the MD expressed joy and happiness that the victory is important and historic especially since it was the 10th year anniversary of the competition sponsored by the Ships and Ports Media Ltd.
Usman added that the highpoint to her was NPA winning the fair play trophy which was awarded to the Hadiza Warriors for being the only team which did not field mercenary and also abided by all the rules and regulations of the competition.
The MD also added that the entire work force should imbibe the spirit of fair play and integrity as it would ultimately help them to grow in confidence to do greater exploit in their endeavors.
Earlier, the General Manager Human Resources and Chairman of Nigeria Ports Sports Association (NIPOSA) Alhaji Yahaya Bukar who was visibly excited expressed deep appreciation to Management for cooperation especially on sporting matters, adding that winning, Maritime cup and NPA’s wonderful performance at the last FEPSGA game were all reward of the consistent support which the current management had given to sports.
Alhaji Bukar who commended the management for resuscitating NIPOSA games after over 15 years also paid glowing tribute to members of Central NIPOSA and assured that the future of sports is bright in NPA with the kind of support from the management.
In his own view, the chairman of chairmen of sports in NPA and Principal Manager Monitoring and Regulations Mr. Charles Okaga who also doubles as Hadiza warriors team manager, was on hand to motivate the team emphasizing that it was only NPA that did not have any team protested against her players also adding that the team drew inspirations from the Managing Directors straight forwardness which she has over time inculcated into the work force of the organisation.
Mr. Okaga also praised the management for paying premium to issues affecting the footballers especially with their allowances and kits.
The Executive Directors for Marine and Operations and that of finance and Administration congratulated the team and acknowledged the uncommon leadership traits of the Managing Director which has rubbed off on sports men and women in the Authority.