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NPA Crisis: Bala-Usman replies Binta-Garba

By Ekpe Ikpe

Monday May 17, 2021

 

The suspended Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman, has replied to a former NPA board member, Senator Binta Garba, over alleged financial recklessness in the authority.

Ms Garba had accused Ms Usman of orchestrating her removal from the board of the NPA for allegedly raising observations over the agency’s financial records.

Responding, the suspended NPA boss, in a statement she signed on Monday, May 17, 2021, denied Ms Garba’s allegation, saying that the Senator was in the agency for destabilisation rather than for contribution to its development.

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The statement reads in part: “Apart from the fact that Senator Binta Garba really said nothing substantial, making only spurious, unproved allegations in the statement she issued on Sunday, she also gave herself away as coming to the board of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to lend herself to the agency of destabilisation rather than contribute to its development.

“As I say with all emphasis that her allegations of resistance to inquiries on the finances of the NPA are false, I make bold to say that the Authority has since 2016, openly exhibited its readiness to be held to public scrutiny.”

Setting the record straight, Ms Usman said the agency under her stewardship took several steps to ensure accountability in the authority.

According to her, the agency had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BUdgit Open Budget System Platform and Implementation of a Public Data Dissemination programme.

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