MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman

The Nigerian Ports Authority has warned its retiring members of staff to put into good use all financial benefits accruing to them at retirement.

The authority says this piece of advice is in line with the commitment of the current management towards preparing its workforce for a stress- free retirement.

Managing Director of the authority, Nadiza Bala Usman, who addressed a cross section of the upcoming set of retirees during a sensitisation and awareness programme held recently in Lagos, enjoined the retirees to ensure they carefully embarked on future ventures so as to optimally utilise the array of financial benefits accruable to them.

The participants at the programme were drawn from the pool of would- be retirees and retired officers of NPA globally for the 2017 fiscal year.

The programme is expected to be held in all the port locations nationwide.

The MD, who was represented by the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mohammed Bello Koko spoke on the workshop theme entitled: “Know your retirement plan”.

According to her, the programme has been carefully designed to positively impact upon them, having been perfected in collaboration with experts in the subject.

Some of such experts include IEI Anchor Pension Managers Limited, Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited, First Bank Commercial Limited and select team of insurers as facilitators alongside the NPA’s Superannuation and Investment Division.

“It is expected that they would tap into the vast experiences of the resource persons. This project is laid out for execution on an annual basis to help would- be retirees in the areas of effective preparedness towards retirement for better management of their benefits”, she said.

The Managing Director also stated that the workshop would adequately equip the retirees with skills and techniques to manage their lives effectively in the next vista, adding that they would also be able to key into the right options to adopt to help them invest wisely towards living comfortably in retirement.

She asserted that the sensitisation, an interactive and transparent event is designed to further sharpen the skills of those concerned in order to gainfully run ventures and investments they step into after retirement.

It is therefore expected that through the programme, the retirees also would be placed on the best pedestal at effectively managing their portfolios, prioritising dividends of post public service for a better life.