Nigerian Port Authority Managing Director was few days ago elected as the Vice Chairperson of the facilitation committee (FAL) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in London.
Ms Hadiza Bala Usman who was personally in attendance amongst global maritime industry experts and executives was elated about the new status afforded Nigeria and her self.
According to a statement, Ms. Bala Usman was formally elected and inaugurated at the end of the week-long 43rd session of the FAL Committee in London on Friday.
In her remarks, the NPA MD, who is also the Vice President, African Region, of the International Association of Harbour and Ports (IAPH), thanked members of the organisation for their confidence in her.
She promised to work conscientiously with other members of the committee to sustain the ideals of the IMO.
The IMO committee which is currently chaired by Marina Angsell from Sweden, works together with the 173-member states of the organisation to ensure the observance of all the conventions and protocols that ensure the safety and security in the shipping business as well as the global environment.
Other industry leaders and captains of Industry gathered to wish the newly elected board executive successes in her tenure. Among them are Ambassador Mary M. Emiene, Comoros Island Represetative, Alistair Soyode and Dr. John.
IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships. IMO’s work supports the UN SDGs.
As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.