NPA probe: “I have sacked Hadiza Bala Usman” – President Buhari

Despite the ongoing investigation of a probe panel against the embattled Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman, President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed that the appointment of the erstwhile NPA boss has been terminated. President Buhari stated this on July 12, in an affidavit he submitted at the Federal High Court in Lagos, in response to a suit instituted against him by a maritime media Chief Executive, Elder Asu Beks. The affidavit, which was filed as Buhari’s preliminary objection was signed by Agan Tabitha, Civil Litigation Department of…

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Just In! Asu Beks vs Hadiza Bala Usman/ NPA Board: Defendants failed to show up in court

The trial under Justice Ringim was stalled at a Federal High Court Ikoyi today, as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman and other defendants failed to show appearance either in their personal capacity or through their counsels. Recall that a Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed today, Monday, July 5, for hearing of the suit filed by maritime stakeholder, Elder Asu Beks, against the Board of the NPA and its Executive Directors. Elder Beks and two other plaintiffs:Tompra Abarowei and Miebi Senge on…

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H/Reps summon Amaechi, NPA over N166bn unremitted revenues during suspended MD NPA Hadiza’s first tenure

The House of Representatives, yesterday, summoned the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the management of the Nigeria Port Authority, (NPA), over the unremitted sum of N166,685,929,000 revenue generated by the Authority as of December 31, 2016. According to the lawmakers, the said amount were not properly captured in the statement of account of the agency and other expenditures. The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, Rep. Busayo Oluwole Oke, issued the summon following the absence of the minister, the management of the NPA and the…

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“Poverty, inequality responsible for threats to Nigeria’s existence” – Amaechi

…Says Hadiza Bala not suspended, but asked to step aside  The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has blamed poverty and inequality for the challenges currently threatening Nigeria’s corporate existence. Speaking during a graduation ceremony at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, (UNN), Amaechi, who was governor of Rivers State for eight years and speaker of the state House of Assembly for eight years prior, said there cannot be genuine democracy in a society divided by unequal access to the good things of life. The minister said that inequality has produced an…

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NPA MD sack: “Hadiza was power-drunk” – Maritime Forum Chairman, Elder Asu Beks 

…Likened her to Diezani of the maritime sector The Convener and Chairman of Maritime Elders Forum, Chief Asu Beks, has accused Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, of being ‘power drunk’ during her management at the Authority prior to her suspension by President Muhammadu Buhari. Elder Asu Beks, who is also the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Maritime Media Limited, revealed this while featuring on Liberty Television and Radio programme: ‘Dialogue’. The elder maritime chieftain, while speaking on the controversy surrounding the alleged infractions by…

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Bala-Usman: Amaechi drops ‘unremitted’ N165bn claim, instructs panel to investigate MD for ‘insubordination’

…’Disband Investigative  Panel’, Katsina youths urge Buhari The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has made a U-turn, as the Panel of Enquiry he set up to investigate the alleged shortfall in operating surpluses by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) under the leadership of the suspended MD/CEO, Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman. It was gathered that the Panel will now probe her for insubordination, as against the earlier claim of not remitting operating surplus of N165 billion to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CFR) account. This comes as the youths in Katsina State, under…

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“Truth will always triumph” — Suspended NPA MD, Usman

The suspended Managing Director of Nigerian Port Authority, (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, on Thursday said that the truth will always triumph. Hadiza is currently under investigation over N167 billion unremitted funds to the Federal Government purse by the panel set up by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi. However, on Thursday on her Twitter handle, she said the truth will always triumph. In a pose with Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i at the palace of the Emir of Zazzau, she captioned the photo, “Eid Mubarak….”Taqabbalallāhu minnā wa minkum” – (May Allah accept…

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“I did not exempt Dangote Group from statutory charges”, Says Hadiza Bala-Usman

The suspended managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has stated that the agency under her leadership did not exempt Dangote Group from paying statutory charges at the Onne Ports, in Rivers State. This was contained in a statement released on Wednesday by Bala-Usman, where she described the allegations of flouting NPA rules as false and mischievous. Recall that the administrative panel set up by the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to probe Usman will now focus on “insubordination” and not solely a case of non-remittance of N165…

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Maritime industry rattled as Bala Usman faces probe

The suspension of Hadiza Bala-Usman as the Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority, (NPA), has caused a crack on the wall of the authority, leaving the maritime sector with substantial afflictions. Few days after the suspension of Bala-Usman who is currently facing a probe, the development has unsettled the NPA and the entire maritime sector. It was gathered that the removal of the erstwhile NPA boss has caused a row among various powerful blocks in the transport sector and loyalists of the Minister ofTransport, Rotimi Amaechi; the Chief of Staff,…

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Hadiza Bala-Usman: Nigerian Ports stakeholders petition EFCC, Police IG over missing N20bn under suspended MD

Some stakeholders in the Nigerian ports have petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) and the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to investigate the suspended Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman over the alleged disappearance of over N20 billion under her watch. In a petition signed by the stakeholders, Comrades Olayiwole Oke, Charles Dike and Musa Yola, the stakeholders noted that a “mind-boggling N20 billion of NPA’s financial transactions between 2016 and 2018 could not be traced, documented, or explained”. They urged the agencies to…

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