MD’s Suspension: NPA Panel Mum 8 Months After

Eight months after, the panel set up by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to investigate alleged infractions by the suspended Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, is yet to submit its report, Daily Trust reports.

Hadiza was suspended in May 2021 by the federal government as part of moves to “Allow an independent audit of the accounts and remittances of the agency.”

In her place, Mohammed Bello Koko was appointed to head the agency in an acting capacity.

Some sources told the Daily Trust that they had doubts if the panel of inquiry had done something serious on the matter since it was inaugurated.

The sources within the transportation ministry indicated that the investigation might have been abandoned following media reports that the NPA Chief Executive had been sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The claim had not been confirmed or denied by those responsible.

Senior staff at the transportation ministry said, “I am not aware of the report has been completed. Ordinarily, such a report, if submitted won’t be a hidden matter because some of us in the ministry will be aware.”

Another senior staff said he had serious doubts if the committee was still working.

He said, “Recall that Madam Hadiza was reportedly sacked by President Buhari; so I think that might put paid to the matter,” he said.

At the inauguration of the committee on May 10, 2021, Amaechi didn’t give the members a definite deadline to complete their tasks.

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