- The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has given reasons for the suspension of the managing director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman
- Amaechi as a minister oversees some agencies and departments under his ministry, including the Nigerian Ports Authority
- According to him, the suspension was to allow independent investigations into alleged infractions by the embattled ex-NPA boss
The Nation reports that Amaechi noted that Bala Usman was asked to step aside for proper investigation into the activities of NPA.
Legit.ng gathered that Usman was reportedly suspended for various infractions, including failure to remit surpluses to the consolidated revenue fund.
The report noted that she was first appointed as the NPA MD in July 2016.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in January reappointed her as NPA MD, for an additional five-year tenure.
Amaechi, however, noted that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) under Bala Usman’s leadership was completely shut out.
President Buhari will determine if Bala-Usman will be reinstated as NPA MD
“Nothing really happened. Part of the responsibility of a minister of transportation from time to time is to give general instructions as it affects parastatals that are under the ministry of transport and give general directions where you think the parastatals should head to.
“With NPA, I think it was just completely shut out and we didn’t know what was going on in the parastatal and we wanted to know.
“We sought the approval of the president to carry out an investigation and he approved, and we also sought for the approval of the president to ask the managing director of NPA to step aside so that she would not interfere with the process of investigation."
Amaechi also noted that he could not say if Bala-Usman might return back to her position as the managing director, adding that only the president can make that decision.
President Buhari flags off Lagos-Ibadan standard guage rail
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari officially commissioned the double-track Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Railway Line in what can be described as another large score fo his administration.
It was reported that the Nigerian leader at the Ebutte Meta Terminal also known as Mobolaji Johnson Station on Thursday, June 10, flagged off the 157 kilometres rail project for full commercial operations.
This was made known in a post shared on Facebook by Buhari Sallau, the personal assistant on broadcast media.