The Administrative Panel of Inquiry set up by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to investigate the activities of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) from 2016 to May 2021 under the Management of Hadiza Bala Usman has requested the staff of NPA, stakeholders and the general public to submit memoranda on the activities of the agency within the period. Secretary of the Administrative Panel of Inquiry, Gabriel Fan, said in a Public Notice signed on behalf of the Chairman that the request for memoranda is in line with the mandate of the panel.
The notice reads: “This is to notify the General Public of Mr. President’s approval of the Administrative Panel of Inquiry into the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) from 2016–May, 2021and the subsequent constitution of the Administrative Panel by the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON, with the following Terms of Reference:
Examine and investigate the administrative policies and strategies adopted by the Management of Nigerian Ports Authority and confirm compliance with extant laws and rules from 2016 to May 2021.
Examine and investigate issues leading to the termination of pilotage and other contracts of Nigerian Ports Authority and confirm compliance with the terms of the respective contracts, court rulings and Presidential directives.
Examine and investigate compliance with the communication channel as obtains in the Public Service.
Examine and investigate the procurement of contracts from 2016 to May, 2021.
To determine the Revenues, Expenditures and Remittances to Government by NPA from 2016 to May, 2021 vis-à-vis Government Financial Regulations.
Come up with suggestions and advice that would strengthen the operations of Nigerian Ports Authority.
And any other matter that may be necessary in the course of the assignment.
In line with its mandate, the Panel wishes to invite the staff of NPA, stakeholders and the General Public to submit memoranda on the activities of the Nigerian Ports Authority within the stated period.
All written memoranda in respect of the Inquiry should be:
a. Written in English;
b.Typed in double line spacing;
c. Not more than four (4) pages;
d.Submitted in not less than 20 hardcopies, addressed to the:
Secretary, Administrative Panel of Inquiry, Federal Ministry of Transportation, 3rdFloor, Legal Services Department, Bukar Dipcharima House, Central Business District (CBD), Abuja; and soft copies to – email@example.com
All Memoranda with necessary appendices should reach the Office of the Secretary within 7-days from the date of this publication.”
It could be recalled that Hadiza Bala Usman was suspended last month as the Managing Director of the NPA by the Federal Government. In her place the Executive Director, Finance and Administration Mr Mohammed Koko is to act as Acting Managing Director.
Also, an Administrative Panel of Inquiry was set up to probe her tenure from 2016 to May 2021. The panel has no time limit.
Meanwhile, the first tenure of Hadiza Usman’s five years will expire on July 10th 2021.