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Why President Buhari approved suspension of NPA Boss, Hadiza Bala-Usman

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday approve 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 Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman.

The President has also approved that the Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman step aside while the investigation is carried out. Mr Mohammed Koko will act in that position.

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.

This was disclosed Thursday night by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu.

Ms Bala-Usman, an ally of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, was first appointed as the NPA MD in 2016.

Her tenure was renewed for another five years in January this year.

Mr Shehu did not disclose details of the allegations against Ms Bala-Usman but said Mohammed Koko has been appointment as MD in acting capacity.

Until his appointment, Mr Koko was the Executive Director Finance in the agency.


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