The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has announced the promotion of Olufunmilayo Bolanle Olotu, the immediate past Port Manager of Apapa, to the position of assistant general manager, Tariff and Billing at the Marina Headquarters in Lagos.
Until this latest redeployment, Olotu was the Port Manager of the Apapa Port since 2019.
According to NPA, Olotu is expected to leverage her exceptional skills and expertise in revenue generation and collection.
She assumed the position of Port Manager of the Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Apapa, in 2019, succeeding Aisha Ali-Ibrahim.
Throughout her tenure, she consistently displayed an unwavering commitment to organisational goals and standards, as well as national interests, particularly in revenue generation and collection.
In recognition of her outstanding performance, Olotu was honoured by the Nigerian Ports Authority as the best-performing Port Manager in Nigeria in 2021.
With her extensive knowledge and experience, she has proven herself to be a rare breed of ‘billing expert’ in port operations.
Speaking at a recent stakeholder engagement event to introduce the new Apapa Port Manager, Olotu said “My transfer to the Marina Headquarters as Assistant General Manager Tariff and Billing highlights the NPA’s recognition of my exceptional capabilities and the trust placed in my ability to contribute further to the organisation’s success.
“My deep understanding of tariff and billing operations, coupled with my strong work ethic and results-oriented approach, will undoubtedly enhance revenue collection and drive continued growth in my new role,” she said.
On her achievements as Port Manager, she said, she was able to improve trade facilitation in a safe, secure, and customer-friendly environment, zero tolerance for corruption, debt recovery, increased revenue generation, and the collection as well as recognition of star performance of workers irrespective of cadre.
To ensure a smooth transition, Olotu met with various stakeholders in the industry to ensure that the new Port Manager is fully aware of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Olotu’s time at the Lagos Port Complex was marked by remarkable accomplishments, including effective revenue plugging on tanker vessels, the introduction of a manual call-up system in LPC, enforcement of the Minimum Safety Standards (MSS) on trucks calling Apapa, unprecedented debt recovery, the implementation of the electronic call-up system among others.
In his goodwill message, Jama Onwubuariri, managing director of Trucks Transit Parks (TTP), who was represented by Irabor Akonoman commended Olotu for supporting the introduction of electronic call-up in Apapa Port.
“She served as an advisor, and consultant to our company; she kept us on our toes to ensure that the Eto call-up system works, and the results are everywhere. We at TTP wished her success in her new endeavours,” he added.