President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-appointment of Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The five-year tenure extension was released in a statement released by presidential aide, Femi Adesina.
Buhari also approved the reconstitution of the Non-Executive Board of the NPA, with Mr Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye (from South-west zone) as Chairman.
Other members of the Board are: Ekenyem Nwafor-Orizu (South-east zone), Akinwunmi Ricketts (South-south zone), Ghazali Mijinyawa (North-East zone), Mustapha Dutse (North-West zone), and Abdulwahab Adesina (North-Central zone).
Ms. Bala Usman was appointed NPA MD on July 12, 2016,
Before Ms. Usman’s appointment as the first female Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in its 63 years of existence, Hadiza Bala Usman worked at the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), after which she was hired by the UNDP for the Federal Capital Territory Administration as Assistant to the Minister on project implementation. Her wide spread impact on these positions culminated in her appointment as the Chief of Staff to the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, again, the first female to be so appointed in that part of the country.
A receiver of many awards in the areas of governance, girl child education and women emancipation, Bala Usman is Vice President (African Region) for the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH).
Hadiza Bala Usman is an alumnus of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree (B.Sc.) in Business Administration, and of the University of Leeds United Kingdom where she obtained a post graduate degree in Development Studies.