President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of the Managing Director, Nigeria Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, barely three month after her re-appointment for a second tenure.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on the said date. According to Mr. Adesina, President Buhari had approved the re-appointment of Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, for an additional five-year tenure.
Also approved is the reconstitution of the Non-Executive Board of the NPA, with Mr Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye (from South-west zone) as Chairman. Other members of the Board are Prince Ekenyem Nwafor-Orizu (South-east zone), Akinwunmi Ricketts (South-south zone), Ghazali Mohammed Mijinyawa (North-East zone), Mustapha Amin Dutse (North-West zone), and Abdulwahab Adesina (North-Central zone).
Her suspension comes as the Ministry of Transportation, headed by Mr Rotimi Amaechi, sets up an Administrative Panel of Inquiry to investigate the NPA management.
“The President has also approved that the Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman step aside while the investigation is carried out, while Mr Mohammed Koko will act in that position. Koko, until his appointment was the Executive Director in Charge of Finance and Administration of the NPA.
“The panel is to be headed by the Director, Maritime Services of the Ministry and the Deputy Director, Legal of the same ministry will serve as Secretary. “Other members of the panel will be appointed by the Minister.”
He said Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the agency, Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, has been appointed as the Acting Managing Director of the Authority. Mohammed Koko will act in her position pending the conclusion of investigation.
A source at the Ministry of Transportation, which supervises NPA, hinted that there has been no love lost between the Minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and Usman in recent times.