The Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has on Monday June 14, 2021, said he is not aware of the suspension of Hadiza Bala Usman as the managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
Recall that on May 5, President Muhammadu Buhari approved Usman’s suspension following a recommendation by Amaechi.
After Usman’s suspension, Amaechi inaugurated an 11-member investigative panel to probe NPA over all contracts awarded since 2016 when Usman became its managing director.
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Usman was initially accused of failing to remit the operating surplus of NPA to the consolidated revenue fund (CFR) an allegation she denied.
But TheCable had exclusively reported that the administrative panel set up by Amaechi will now focus on “insubordination”.
In an interview with Arise TV on Monday, Amaechi denied knowledge of Usman’s suspension, saying she was only asked to “step aside” pending the conclusion of the probe on NPA.
He said, “I am not aware that I suspended Hadiza, I’m not the president. So I don’t have such power. That power rests with the president.
“I am not aware that Hadiza was suspended. What happened, I suspect, is that she was asked to step aside to enable investigation to be carried out on NPA, not on her.
“We are investigating NPA. At the conclusion of the investigation, all the reports will be forwarded to the president who would make a determination on the way forward.”
Amaechi added that he is not sure when the panel will conclude its ongoing probe on NPA.