Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); Hadiza Bala Usman, has inaugurated a detachment of the Nigerian Red Cross to tackle emergency situations in Calabar Port in Cross River.
Speaking at the occasion in Calabar, the Managing Director said the authority was committed to ensuring operational peace and safety.
Represented by Mr Adeola Adebola, Head, Health Safety and Environment, Usman thanked the Nigerian Red Cross Society in the state for inaugurating the detachment.
She expressed optimism that the essence of setting up the detachment would not be defeated.
Mr Ottor Ottor, Vice Chairman, Red Cross Society, Cross River chapter said that the society’s job was purely humanitarian.
“This detachment is another chapter in the services of the Calabar Port, with this, we are helping to extend humanitarian service in the port,” he said.
In his response, newly inaugurated Commandant of the detachment, Dr Chijioke Ukadike said the vision was to create an operational environment where every staff would be First Aid savvy.
Ukadike said the team’s emphasis on safety was due to the volatile operational environment at the port.
He said that the Red Cross team would partner other sister organizations within the port for effective service delivery.
The event witnessed the hoisting of the Red Cross flag and oath taking by the inductees.