- Earlier, the boss of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman was relieved of her duties following a suspension
- In a recent move, a panel which constituted of 11-member committee has cleared the Usman of all allegations related to fraud
- Meanwhile, the nine months investigation into alleged financial improprieties at the NPA, came to a close yesterday
The former managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has finally been cleared of allegations of fraud.
However, the 11-member committee set up by the ministry of transportation to probe the alleged fraud decided to shift its attention to allegations of insubordination to Rotimi Amaechi, the minister, The Cable reports.
Query and reply
Usman was originally suspended in May 2021 by the minister over an allegedly missing N165 billion but the committee did not find any evidence in its account reconciliation.
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Conspicuously missing in the 10 items of query is the original reason for her suspension — the allegation that N165 billion was not remitted to the treasure single account (TSA) which made the headlines.
An official of the ministry of transportation, who spoke to the news medium but pleaded to be anonymous said Usman responded to the query within one week as stipulated.
Mohammed Bello-Koko, who acted as NPA MD during her suspension, was a bank’s accounts officer to the Rivers states government when Amaechi was governor.
Bello-Koko was on Tuesday, February 15, officially appointed the MD.
The closing of the case
The nine months investigation into alleged financial improprieties at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), came to a close yesterday with a win-win verdict handed all the parties involved, This Day added.
President Buhari meets suspended NPA boss in Kaduna
In another report, the suspended managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman, had an informal meeting with President Buhari on Friday, January 21, in Kaduna state.
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 visited Kaduna to commission some major projects.
Athough that Hadiza might have had some closed-door meetings with the president, this was the first time she was seen with him in public after her suspension in May 2021.
Ahmed speaks on petrol subsidy removal amid resignation rumour
Amid the resignation rumour, the finance minister on Monday, January 24, participated in a meeting with the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, the minister of state for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva, and other stakeholders in Abuja.
At the meeting, Ahmed announced the postponement of the planned petrol subsidy removal till further notice, citing “high inflation and economic hardship”.
She said at the meeting that the government had to reconsider its decision after the 2022 budget was passed.