- Sooner than later, the fate of Hadiza Bala-Usman, the suspended MD of NPA, will be sealed
- A panel set up by the ministry of transportation has been charged to carry out a serious investigation on the agency from 2016
- The panel is to be led by Suleiman Auwal, a top officer of the maritime services
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Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, has inaugurated an 11-member panel of inquiry to probe the leadership of Hadiza Bala-Usman, the recently suspended managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
AIT News reports that the 11-man panel is headed by Suleiman Auwal, the director of maritime services in the Ministry of Transportation.
According to Leadership, the minister on Monday, May 10, directed the panel to thoroughly look into the administrative policies and strategies employed by the managing director of the NPA with a view to ascertaining compliance with extant laws from 2016.
Also, the Auwal-led panel was charged with the task of probing the level of adherence to communication channels as well as investigating the procurement of contracts from the same year till date.
Amaechi was quoted to have said:
“Examine and investigate the administrative policies and strategies adopted by the managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority and confirm compliance with extant laws and rules from 2016 — date; examine and investigate issues leading to the termination of pilotage and other contracts of Nigerian Ports Authority and confirm compliance with the terms of the respective contracts, court rulings and presidential directives.
“Examine and investigate compliance with the communication channel as obtained in the public service; examine and investigate the procurement of contracts from 2016 to date; come up with suggestions and advice that would strengthen the operations of Nigerian Ports Authority and forestall such occurrences in future and any other matter that may be necessary in the course of the assignment.”
Earlier, the civil society organisation, Centre for Public Trust (CPT) had accused Bala-Usman of disrespecting President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group made the claim in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, May 8, and signed by its director of publicity, Adebola Mahmud.