President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Hadiza Usman, the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, to resign from her position.
Her suspension comes as the Ministry of Transportation, led by Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, establishes an Administrative Panel of Inquiry to investigate NPA management.
Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, an Executive Director at the NPA, will take over for Usman during the probe, according to a statement signed by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu on Thursday.
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“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved 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 statement said.
“The President has also approved that the Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman step aside while the investigation is carried out, while Mr Mohammed Koko will act in that position.
“The panel is to be headed by the Director, Maritime Services of the Ministry and the Deputy Director, Legal of the same ministry will serve as Secretary.
“Other members of the panel will be appointed by the Minister.”
He said Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the agency, Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, has been appointed as the Acting Managing Director of the Authority.
Mr Mohammed Koko will act in her position pending the conclusion of investigation.
A source at the Ministry of Transportation, which supervises NPA, hinted that there has been no love lost between the Minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and Usman in recent times.
The source, who is also an aide to the Minister, said Amaechi has been worried over the overbearing nature of Usman.