- The managing director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman has been suspended by President Buhari
- Hadiza was asked to step down to allow her face probe of allegations of improprieties
- Mohammed Bello-Koko, the executive director of finance and administration, has been named to lead in acting capacity
Hadiza Bala Usman has been asked to step aside from her role as the managing director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA).
Legit.ng gathered that the order was given by President Muhammadu Buhari a statement signed by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu on Thursday, May 6.
Her suspension comes as Buhari approves the recommendation of the ministry of transportation under Rotimi Amaechi to set up of an administrative panel of inquiry to investigate NPA management.
According to Garba, the executive director of finance and administration, Mohammed Bello-Koko, will replace Usman as NPA boss for the duration of the investigation.
The panel of inquiry will be headed by the director, Maritime Services of the ministry while the deputy director, legal will serve as the secretary.
The shocking development is coming three months after the Nigerian leader reappointed Hadiza for a second term of four years in office.
Back in 2016, she was first appointed head the organisation following the sack of Habib Abdullahi whose second term was terminated by Buhari.
The information was revealed in a series of tweets by the federal government on Thursday, January 21.
According to the tweets, Buhari also approved the reconstitution of the organisation's governing board with Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye as the chairman.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari has approved the appointment of Adedeji Zacch as the Executive Secretary of the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC).
The director, information, in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Willie Bassey, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, March 18, in Abuja, said the appointment is with effect from March 10, 2021.