At least 42 members of the staff of The Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) on Friday completed a two-week training on port operations and nanagement.
The training, which was held at GPA training hall, was headed by an expert from Ghana. Following the recent inauguration of the J-22 terminal at GPA, the Authority thought it necessary and fitting to build the capacity of its staff so as to increase the level of service. Participants were awarded with certificates at the end of the forum.
At the closing ceremony, Lamin L. Sanyang, Managing Director of GPA, told the gathering that the training is essential for the fact that the areas covered are vital to GPA. He added that the training has prepared and developed the participants in various areas especially on port operations and management.
“GPA being one the best Port in Africa, operates with international standards. My staff are well experienced, competent, efficient and effective. This training will increase their capabilities and build their capacities on port pperations and management”, he affirmed, expressing confidence that the staff will put to practice what they have acquired from the training.
“The decision of hiring an international highly recognised consultant with a wide range of experience in maritime trade, was a brilliant move taken by the GPA. The knowledge he has shared will apparently impact positively on the operational functions of GPA”, he stated.
He thanked the Government of the Gambia, under the dynamic leadership of President Jammeh for the support. He also thanked the consultant, Ben Owusu Menseh, for giving his best.
Ousman Jobarteh, Deputy Managing Director of GPA, said this training constitutes an important component to the human resource development strategy of GPA. “The participants have acquired much knowledge from the course and I am sure that they will manifest it during services”, he added.
He thanked the participants for the commitment and challenged them to make the best use of the knowledge gained.
Sirra Begay Kah, Director of Human Resource and Administration of GPA, commended the management of GPA for coming up with an initiative of this magnitude.
She added that the topics treated during the training will go a long way towards developing the participants. “The Port of The Gambia will continue to train its staff to increase productivity and develop their skills to perform with efficiency and effectiveness”, Madam Begay Kah stated.
Ben Owusu Menseh, the consultant, said the participants are smart people and were willing to learn new skills.
“The topics we have covered are key in port operations and management and I believe the participants will practice what they have learnt from the training. The Port of The Gambia is an Authority with an interest of developing its staff. Trainings of this nature will develop, prepare and equip participants to operate effectively in their functions”, he noted.
Michael Lugujie, the Secretary General of Port Management Association for West and Central Africa, congratulated GPA on seeing the need to train its staff on port operations and management, saying these are prominent areas to deal with.
“He urged GPA to be continuously training its staff, saying it will avail them the opportunity to learn new skills.
Essa Wally, a participant, said they have acquired a lot from the training, whilst assuring GPA that they will certainly practice what they have learnt from the course.
He thanked the management of GPA for bringing such a meaningful and productive training to develop them.
by Modou Lamin Jammeh