The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Omar Suleiman has said that the NPA will support Mr. Jean Francois Odigi Owona in his bid to contest for the office of the Port Management in West and Central Africa, PMAWCA, Secretary- General.
Speaking while receiving a 3-man delegation from Cameroun in his office, the Managing Director who was represented by the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services, Mr. S.C. Nwobi, said “Since lobbying is part of democracy, it is in order to have the delegation canvass support for their candidate”.
He added that NPA believes that the candidate is qualified to do the job because of his requisite experience in the port industry that has spanned for about three decades.
Earlier, the leader of the Camerounian delegation who is also the General Manager of National Ports Authority, Cameroun, Mr. Younba Josue, said that the purpose of their visit was to seek the support of Nigeria in the forth-coming elections of the Association.
Mr. Josue added that the candidate, Mr. Ondigui Owona, who also is the Technical Adviser to the National Ports Authority, had put in close to 30 years in the maritime industry.
In his address, the aspiring Secretary General, Mr. Ondigui Owona, promised to make organizational and managerial changes his priority if elected come May 2012.
Also on the entourage was Mrs. Backo Murielle who was a former Secretary General of PMAWCA.
Present to receive the delegates were the General Manager, Special Duties, Alhaji Abba Rufai and the General Manager Public Affairs, Chief Michael Ajayi.