By Silas Onuoha
The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has appointed Mrs Josephine Moltok as the new General Manager (GM), Corporate and Strategic Communications (C&SC).
Mrs Moltok took over on Tuesday, from Mrs Oluyemisi Oyinlola, a lawyer, who held the office for barely one month.
She holds a B.A degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Jos and
MSc in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos. Moltok is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
By her appointment, industry watchers have again hailed the Managing Director, Mallam Mohammed Bello-Koko, for sticking to professionalism by ensuring that the department is handled by well-trained in-house personnel.
This, they see this as a clear departure from the ugly tradition established by his predecessors of picking Tom, Dick and Harry from other departments to head a place that is endowed with qualified media and Public Relations (PR) handlers.
Recall that the NPA boss broke the jinx when he appointed Chief Ibrahim Nasiru, who retired last October, as the GM of the unit.
Maltok, an old war horse in media and PR management, was for many years, the NPA’s Head of the Overseas Liaison Office in London. She returned to Nigeria last year to head the Administration Division of the Authority as its GM from where she was moved to the new position.
The soft-spoken new image maker, who hails from Plateau State, worked as a Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the defunct Western Zone of NPA in Apapa and later moved to the Calabar Port.
She also worked at the agency’s defunct head office in Abuja after which she came to serve at the former Roll-On Roll-Off (RoRo) Port in Tin Can, Lagos, even as she equally headed the PR Unit of the Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Apapa.
Mrs Moltok was to later serve as the National Assembly Liaison Officer of NPA in the Abuja liaison office where she later became the Assistant General Manager (AGM).
At her promotion to a General Manager, the new NPA image maker headed the Servicom Division before moving to the London office.
Her colleagues and peers have always quoted her as one who prides herself as having “been privileged to work with and be mentored by exceptional people”.
Meanwhile, Mrs Oyinlola has returned to her former duty post as the GM Legal Services/Board. For the brief period she held sway at the C&SC, the staff of the department saw her as one who not only hit the ground running but passionate and full of compassion for them and stakeholders, including the few journalists that came her way.