President Buhari Meets Prominent Suspended Appointee in Kaduna

President Buhari Meets Prominent Suspended Appointee in Kaduna

The suspended managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman, had an informal meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, January 21.

In one of the photos shared by some presidential media aides, Hadiza who has been replaced with Mohammed Bello Koko was seen having a chat with the president when he came to Kano to commission some major projects.

Buhari and Hadiza
Buhari was seen having a chat with the suspended NPA MD (Photo: Leadership)
Source: UGC

Leadership reports that although that Hadiza might have had some closed-door meetings with the president, this is the first time she is seen with him in public after her suspension in May 2021.

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Recall that Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, had explained why Hadiza was suspended.

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Amaechi noted that Bala Usman was asked to step aside for proper investigation into the activities of NPA. 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 Buhari had in January reappointed her as NPA MD, for an additional five-year tenure. Amaechi, however, noted that the NPA under Hadiza’s leadership was completely shut out.

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He said:

“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.

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“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.


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