‘Only Buhari Can Decide Fate Of Suspended Ports, MD, Hadiza Bala Usman’

Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi

June 17, (THEWILL)- The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has explained why the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, was suspended.

On if she (Bala-Usman) might return back to her position as the Managing Director, Amaechi said, “I don’t know; only the President can make that decision.”

Amaechi, who spoke on Wednesday when he featured on “Politics Today,” a CHANNELS Television programme, noted that Bala Usman was asked to step aside for proper investigation into the activities of NPA.

THEWILL reports that an 11-man panel of inquiry has been set up to probe the activities of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) between 2016 and 2021 under her leadership.

Bala Usman, who was first appointed as the NPA MD in July 2016, in January, had President Muhammadu Buhari reappoint her for an additional five-year tenure.

She was reportedly suspended for various infractions, including failure to remit surpluses to the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

But explaining the reason for the suspension of Bala Usman, Amaechi noted that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) under Bala Usman’s leadership was completely shut out.

He said, “Nothing really happened… part of the responsibility of 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.

“Don’t forget we are investigating the NPA and not the Managing Director of NPA.