On Monday, July 11, 2016, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) got its first female Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer with the appointment of Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman by President Muhammadu Buhari.
By her appointment, Usman achieved a great feat in the over six decades of the NPA’s existence.
A mother of two, Usman is the third wife of Dr. Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi, Chief Economic Adviser to the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
She is the daughter of the late radical academic, Dr. Bala Usman, a scion of the Katsina Emirate.
In her routine simple Northern Nigeria dressing, modesty feminity dwells in the tall and regal NPA Managing Director.
However, Sidelines has observed that certain elements in the NPA, not for a lack of not grasping the English language very well, have been deploying the pronoun “he” for the Katsina Princess as a routine.
These elements, who are menfolks, are taking chauvinism to the extreme.
Sidelines counsels them and their ilk anywhere else to accept the irrefutable fact that a woman, a “she”, is the head of the household with its Corporate Headquarters at 26/28, Marina, Lagos Island, Lagos State, South-West Nigeria, and offices in port locations in Lagos; Delta State, South-South Nigeria; Rivers State, South-South Nigeria; and Cross River State, South-South Nigeria; as well as offices in non-port locations in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT); and Kano State, North-West Nigeria; and a London office.
Sidelines proclaims that the incumbent helmsman at the NPA House is a “she”. Let those who have ears hear, and go ahead to tell others!