The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the suspension of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Usman.
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.
Recall that Ms Usman was reappointed by President Buhari to continue heading the NPA in January, before the expiration of her first tenure.
But the Presidency has named NPA’s Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Mohammed Bello-Koko, to lead the organisation in acting capacity for the duration of the investigation.
According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu: “President Muhammadu Buhari has apptoved the recommendation of the Ministry of Transportation under Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, for the setting up of an Administrative Panel of Inquiry to investigate the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA.
“The President has also approved that the Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, steo aside while the investigation is carried out, while Bello-Koko will act in that position.
“The Panel is headed by the Director, Maritime Services of the Ministry of Transportation, while the Deputy Director, Legal of the same Ministry will serve as the Secretary”, the statement read.