Speculations trail removal of NPA MD Hadiza Bala Usman
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, and instantly replaced her with Mohammed Koko.
Mohammed Koko prior to this appointment was the director of finance, NPA.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in series of tweets via his official Twitter handle on Thursday said the suspension of Usman is to allow the administrative panel of inquiry recommended by the Ministry of Transportation under Rotimi Amaechi approved by President Muhammadu Buhari investigate the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
He also stated that the panel is to be headed by the Director, Maritime Services of the Ministry while the Deputy Director, Legal of the same ministry will serve as Secretary. Other members of the panel will be appointed by the Minister.
According to THE WILL sources in government disclosed, she might have lost out over her second term ambition which she bulldozed through in a clandestine manner inimical to due process.
They pointed out that although Hadiza Bala Usman secured her first tenure appointment in July 2016, she got close confidants of Buhari, including the Chief of Staff, to pressure him into rolling her over for a second term, which he did in January 2021, six whole months before her first term lapsed.
When Amaechi got wind of this clandestine move, he drew the President’s attention to this anomaly, additionally pointing out that he, as Hadiza’s supervising Minister, never recommended her for tenure elongation.
Moreover, the Minister ordered a probe into her administration at NPA, which made astounding discoveries of fraud and financial misappropriation directly indicting her office.
Moreover, her style of running NPA affairs dripped with insubordination as she essentially shielded its affairs from the supervising Ministry of Transportation.
An independent probe ordered by the President confirmed all the allegations.
Embarrassed at this development, the President promised to redress the situation.
Coincidentally, a formal letter had not been issued for her second tenure expected to commence in July 2021.
From that point on, serving her the Red Card was a matter of time and it happened on Thursday.
“Not only did she fail to get the second tenure she lobbied so hard for, technically, but she also did not even finish her first tenure, officially lapsing in July 2021.” the will reported.