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New GPA MD assures of better service delivery

Apr 2, 2015, 10:32 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

The newly-appointed Managing Director of the Gambia Ports Authority (GPA), Lamin Sanyang, has expressed appreciation of the Gambian leader’s trust and confidence in him, by appointing him to the position of managing director at the GPA.

He would endeavour to live up to expectations, despite the fact that there are enormous challenges faced by the port, he said.

The development of the ports is his top priority, as it serves as a catalyst for national development, Sanyang continued, adding that international trade is one of things they would improve on to make the port one of the most productive and efficient national assets in the sub-region.

He thanked the Almighty Allah and his parents, and extended his gratitude and thanks to the President for having the trust and confidence to appoint him as managing director of the GPA.

He said the appointment has been taken in good faith, which he appreciated, adding that he would work hard to continue developing the GPA to make it one of the best in the sub-region.

According to MD Sanyang, he believes in team work as he has served in the ports for 22 years working as a vibrant team member, with wide experience and academic and professional training in very renowned countries that are known for maritime and port training.

After doing maritime ports management at the University of Singapore in 2005; he later graduated in 2006-2007 with a Master’s Degree in international logistics, transport and port management at the University of Plymouth in the UK.

Regarding the challenges faced by the GPA, MD Sanyang said the “challenges are enormous” as in any developing country, particularly in institutions like the ports where 90 per cent of its revenue generation depends on cargo passing through the port. “The GPA is not an exception,” he said.

Nevertheless, he intended to overcome the challenges of the GPA and register growth and development at the ports to satisfy the Gambian people.

Mr Sanyang said GPA staff are also being groomed and trained to conduct their work and themselves professionally to achieve results at the ports.

He assured the general public of better services by the Gambia Ports Authority in cargo delivery and other services provided by the ports.