The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has assured that it would make adequate provision in the 2018 budget to meet some of the urgent requirements and needs of the University of Lagos Community under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
Managing Director of the Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, who gave the assurance during a courtesy visit of top officials of the University, said the leading institution deserves to be assisted in the CSR initiative considering the deplorable condition of its amenities and as one of the premier universities in the country.
Receiving the University delegation led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe in her office, Bala Usman assured the school of closer ties going forward.
In his speech, Prof Ogundipe had appealed to the Management of NPA to intervene in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of some dilapidated structures in the College of Medicine and supply of portable water for the use of the University Community, through the CSR initiative of the Authority.
While expressing the willingness of the Authority to assist within budgetary limitation, Hadiza Bala Usman directed the University Authority to forward all the necessary details on the projects for analysis and consideration.
She pointed out that the Authority is desirous of collaborating with the University in the areas or capacity building for the organization workforce.
The University Vice-Chancellor called on NPA to also take advantage of the Maritime program presently available in the University for its Staff and officers and suggested that NPA could consider sponsoring a Professional Chair in the University or customized course to be specially designed for its staff, as done to other maritime agencies in the country, under the institute for Maritime studies of the University.