Buhari suspends Dangote’s ally, Hadiza Bala-Usman as NPA Chief


President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA) Hadiza Bala-Usman to pave way for an investigation into an alleged mismanagement in the organization.

Hadiza Bala Usman a strong ally of Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man and president of Dangote Industries Limited was asked to take a bow from the NPA although it is not clear the real reason behind the sudden action.

President Buhari appointed the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi to set up an administrative panel of enquiry to look into the matter that prompted her suspension, as well as other concerns. The panel begins its work on Monday.

Buhari then appointed Muhammed Koko to act in her position.

Bala-Usman who was reappointed in January this year by Buhari was first appointed as the managing director of the NPA in 2016 on a five year term.

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Presidential spokesman, Shehu Garba who disclosed the suspension via twitter said:

Senior staff members of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, the parent ministry of the authority, confirmed the development but insisted that there was no official statement on the matter yet.

Spokesperson of the ministry, Eric Ojiekwe, could not be reached for comments on the development, as he did not answer calls when contacted on Thursday night.

On Wednesday, the suspended NPA boss led her organization to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Bureau of Statistics and the Nigerian Ports Authority to commence the production of statistical information and data analytics on port related activities.