Stanley Magaji Yitnoe takes over as Port Manager,Onne


Change of guards has taken place once again at the Onne Port in Rivers State where Mr. Stanley Magaji Yitnoe has taken over as the new Port Manager, Onne Port Complex, Rivers State.


Mr Yitnoe replaced Dr. Abubakar Dantsoho who was moved to headquarters in Lagos.

The handing over ceremony that took place at the Port Conference Room in the Administrative Building, Federal Lighter Terminal (FLT) recently, had the Heads of Department in attendance.

Mr. Yitnoe who grew from the ranks at the NPA was the Technical Assistant to the Managing Director on Marine and Operations.

In his introductory speech during the handing over ceremony, the outgoing Port Manager, Dr Dantsoho, welcomed Mr. Yitnoe to Onne Port Complex.

He described Onne Port as a family Port and assured him of the cooperation of all the departments, expressing gratitude to the way the workforce had supported him during his stay as Port Manager.

He commended the Port contributions in terms of revenue to Federal Government by about 35 per cent growth in container traffic.

He applauded the staff of Onne Port for their contributions in maintaining the Port as one of the biggest revenue generation ports in Nigeria. “Revenue generation to Federal Government from Onne Port is heavy. I am sure that Onne Port will continue to shine even with the incoming Port Manager”, Dr. Abubakar Dantsoho stated.

He said part of the reasons for this is on account of oil vessels and cargo berthing at Onne Port, including container cargo and NLNG operations also at Bonny.

The outgoing Port Manager also appealed to the new Port Manager to continue to interface with stakeholders in order to find amicable resolution of issues, so as to improve the usual co-operations amongst organizations.

Responding the incoming Port Manager Mr. Yitnoe applauded the outgoing Onne Port Manager and HOD’s for the warm reception accorded him.

He acknowledged the status of Onne Port as a leader in cargo throughput and a cash cow for the Authority.

He said that as employees of NPA, they all are privileged to be part of the organization at this present period, and urged all to put in their best to ensure NPA achieves her set goals, especially in revenues generation.

He noted that although revenue generation should be a feat to be proud of, we should be mindful that these are critical times for the Authority and industry and by extension, the nation, because we are the veritable gateway to the nation’s economy.

He explained that in spite of the prevailing challenges of the economy and its impact on our individual well-being, staff members of Nigerian Ports Authority are relatively better off than most citizens of this country.

However, he stated that going by the trend of disturbing developments, that privileged condition may not last long, therefore he advised that all must raise the bar on performance. He stated that Onne Port Complex is basically a landlord port with some responsibility for marine services, and that our major residual functions are therefore monitoring and regulatory services. Hence he advised, that to monitor successfully, all must be on top of the game as a team. “We must be diligent and consistent in record keeping”, he reiterated.

Furthermore, he noted that it is on the basis of sound information that accurate Management decisions can be taken and other support Departments deployed to function well.

While applauding Onne Port for unity and integration as family Port, he assured the staff that already the Acting Managing Director of NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko is working assiduously to address staff welfare issues, even as he was fighting to block revenue leakages and improve revenue.

He note that the long stay of some staffs in Onne could be beneficial, where their knowledge of the local environment and contact could be used as an asset to foster peace and harmony for the port.

Earlier in her goodwill message, while coordinating the event, the Head of Corporate and Strategic Communications, Onne Port Complex, Mrs. Barbara Ejemeh Nchey – Achukwu, applauded the performance  of the outgoing Port Manager, Dr. Dantsoho for making great impact in transformation from manual uploading of manifest to electronic process at WACT, through the help of the Ag MD of NPA.

She said, he did well in handling security matters, host community engagement and helped Onne Multipurpose Terminal (OMT) operations come into existence, among others. In separate speeches, Comrade Ebenezer .O. Ajayi, Chairman Senior Staff Association (SSA) of NPA Onne Port and Comr .Thomas Ameze, Secretary, of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), applauded the outgoing Port Manager describing him as friendly.

They also assured the incoming Port Manager of the cooperation of the staff and the union, even as they appealed for sustainability of workers welfare at all times.

(Source: Mrs B. Ejemeh Nchey-Achukwu, Head, Corporate & Strategic Communications, NPA, Onne Port Complex.