How we overcame the difficulties at Lagos Port — Former Port manager


Encomiums were showered on the queen of seaports, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olotu, as she bowed out of Lagos Port Complex( LPC ) as the 26th Port Manager, after about four years of meritorious service.
Olotu, fondly referred to as the queen of seaports by her peers, has served as the longest port manager in the history of Nigerian Ports Authority( NPA ) with a total of seven years from Calabar port to LPC. She had earlier served as the Port Manager of Calabar Port challenging for three decades.
Olotu, while speaking at the eulogy conference organised for her by NPA in Lagos, said that with a strong commitment to competence, the LPC was able to win the fight against fraud, increase trade facilitation and surmounted other challenges that hindered successful business activities in Apapa Port during her reign.
” These four years at the premier port have been very memorable, fulfilling, and fruitful for me ,” she said. Our increases in LPC have been rewarding under God who has made anything beautiful in due time. Upon notion of business four years ago, the challenges were very massive, but we were able to overcome all with a solid commitment to spot premium on competence, by promoting personal values of integrity, difficult work, firmness, fairness, friendliness, transparency, accountability and equity”.
She cited improvements in trade facilitation in a safe, secure, and customer-friendly setting, zero tolerance for corruption, increased revenue generation and collection, recognition of star performance of workers independent of cadre, among other things, in her accomplishments as port manager of LPC.
Another stakeholders, such as truck owners, terminal operators, and the shipping industry, praised Olotu for her work ethic and transformation of the LPC in the nautical sector.
In his kindness information, the Port Manager, TinCan Port, Jubril Buba, said that Olotu’s job ethics is excellent, which contributed to the development of African ports, from Calabar interface to Lagos Port Complex.
Buba said that she turned around the working environment and generates large income into the coffers of NPA within her period of service as harbor manager.
Fredrick Klinke, the state managing director of APM Terminals Nigeria, praised Olotu as an athlete and pledged that the terminal would develop a close relationship with her successor.
The Managing Director, Ladol, Amy Jadesimi, said” I have known Olotu for over 20 years and I am always proud of her that any function she performs in NPA will be excellently done.
” She has been constant, strong and focused. She acts without any worry of favor. We will not let you go. You are moving on and you must get us along with you. You are an inspiration to ladies in nautical business, you are an inspiration to women in Nigeria.”
However, Charles Bamidele Okaga, who has replaced Olotu as LPC’s leader, pledged to improve Lagos ports.

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