President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, July 12, appointed Mrs. Hadiza Bala-Usman as the new managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
Mrs Hadiza Bala-Usman is a co-founder of the #BringBackOurGirls movement. She was once the chief of staff to Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna state.
The appointment was made public in a statement signed by the director of press, federal ministry of transportation, Yetunde Sonaike in Abuja.
Also mentioned in the statement were three other appointments in the transport ministry.
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These include Mohammed Bello-Koko as Executive Director Finance; Prof. Idris Abubakar, Executive Director Engineering; and Dr. Sekonte Davies as Executive Director Marine Operations.
Mrs. Usman was born on January 2, 1976 in Zaria, Kaduna state. She has a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Business Administration from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
She also has a post-graduate degree in Development Studies from University of Leeds, United Kingdom, obtained in 2009.
She worked at Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) from July 2000 to August 2004 as Enterprise Officer.
Mrs Usman worked for the UNDP for the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) from October 2004 to January 2008 as Special Assistant to the Minister on Project Implementation.
The new NPA boss worked as director of strategy for Good Governance Group, a non-governmental organisation from 2011 to July 2015 before her appointment as chief of staff to Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna State, a position she held until the present appointment.
Reports say that it was the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi who recommended Mrs. Usman to the President as new NPA boss.