President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the recommendation of the Ministry of Transportation under Mr Rotimi Amaechi for the setting up of an Administrative Panel of Inquiry to investigate the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
According to a statement by the President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, late Thursday night in Abuja, the president also approved the suspension of the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Usman.
The presidential aide said Mohammed Koko would act as acting Managing Director of the NPA, pending the completion of investigation by the panel which would be headed by a Director.
”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,” Shehu further stated.
Usman was first appointed as the Managing Director of the NPA in 2016.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in January reappointed Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, for another five years.
She is one of the co-founders of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, and is also a founding member of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
She was the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kaduna State from 2015 to 2016.