There is a major transformation going on at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). This radical overhauling of the process of its operations is being spearheaded by the beautiful MD of the organisation.
When this lady Hadiza Bala Usman was first appointed many didn’t think she will be able to run the organisation.
There were those who felt it was all about trying to fill the quota of the North. Some felt she was just being favoured by President Buhari. When the story broke that she had worked closely with Kaduna Governor, Mallam El-Rufai, there were those who insinuated all sorts.
What they had forgotten was that this indefatigable woman had made a name for herself as a no-nonsense technocrat ever before she joined NPA. Her CV is intimidating. Her profile is compelling. Let’s tell you a little.
Hadiza Bala Usman is an Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria graduate where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree (B.Sc.) in Business Administration; she also studied at the University of Leeds United Kingdom where she obtained a post-graduate degree in Development Studies.
She is brilliant. She came out tops in all her courses and she is driven by the zeal to excel and succeeded in all her commitments.
Before her 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-ranging impact on these positions culminated in her appointment as the Chief of Staff to the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam El-Rufai 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). She is currently pursuing an aggressive 25-year port development plan that would prepare the NPA for the future of the global maritime industry.