HADIZA BALA USMAN MAKEA NEW MANAGEMENT APPOINTMENTS IN NPA

Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, IAPH’s Vice President and NPA Managing Director The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has announced a major management change with the appointment new General Managers (GMs) and Assistant General Managers (AGMs) to inject new ideas into the organisation and boost service delivery. The General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Mr Adams Jatto, made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Friday. According to him, this exercise is coming on the heels of an ealier appointment and redeployment of port managers and other senior officials. “With this…

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HADIZA BALA USMAN’S NPA IN 20BIL FRAUD SCANDAL, AUDITORS ASK HER TO REFUND 5.18BIL

Felix Onajite NPA MD, Hadiza Bala-Usman These are not the best of times for the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman, as an audit report conducted by the Auditor-General’s office has allegedly indicted the her for various questionable transactions. Part of the recommendations include that the Bala-Usman-led NPA should refund about N5.18 billion to the Federation Account for various unreconciled transactions. Investigation shows how spending under Hadiza Usman keeps rising even as the NPA flunks its audit. The fraud which runs into billions of naira was uncovered…

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NPA GIVES INTELS THREE MONTHS TO QUIT THE PORTS

THE Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has given the management of oil and gas logistics firm, Intels Nigeria Limited (INTELS), three months to round up and hand over the pilotage services to the authority. This, it was learnt, was contained in a letter sent by the NPA to the company last week. Addressing reporters in Lagos yesterday, NPA Managing Director Ms Hadiza Bala Usman said the termination of the Pilotage Agency Agreement (PAA) and the handing over became imperative because the company has allegedly refused to comply with the Treasury Single…

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NPA TO GENERATE 288BIL AND SPEND 278 BIL IN 2017

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Nigerian Ports Authority has projected N288bn revenue for the 2017 fiscal year and plans to spend N278bn on recurrent and capital expenditures, leaving only N10bn for the Federal Government. The NPA also proposed a surplus of N8bn in 2017. These figures were made known by the Senate Committee on Marine Transport in its report on the 2017 budget proposals by the NPA, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Nigerian Inland and Waterways Authority, Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron, and the Council for the…

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20MIL DOLLAR BRIBE : EFCC QUESTIONS 30 EX NPA STAFF

Detectives are probing how $20million was wired into the accounts of shell companies and fronts of some former officials of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). The cash, which is believed to be a bribe, is being traced by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The anti-graft commission is also looking into the operation of a firm which had been indicted by Switzerland over the bribe. The affected company was fined 1million Swiss Francs by a Switzerland court, which also ordered it to pay back 36 million Swiss Francs described…

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I DIDNT HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE MARITIME INDUSTRY WHEN I RESUMED- HADIZA BALA USMAN, NPA BOSS

Hadiza Bala Usman: “You need to be strong to take up a task like the NPA.” Daily Trust: How difficult – or easy – have you found your job, especially with the entrenched corruption and interest in the ports sector?  Hadiza Bala Usman: It’s been challenging, to the extent that you are faced with pressure to compromise some of the procedures and compromise your opinion on some of the issues. We have maintained our neutrality in providing an objective recommendation on every aspect. To a certain extent, we have insulated…

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SENATE ORDERS ARREST OF HEADS OF 30 COMPANIES OVER LOSS OF 30 TRILLION NAIRA FG REVENUE

The Senate has directed the Police to arrest chief executives of 30 firms, including Crown Flour Mills and Glo Mobile, for failing to appear before its committee probing national revenue loss. The companies are alleged to have been involved in the N30 trillion-revenue believed to have been lost by the country in its maritime sector. The other companies are British American Tobacco, CCECC, Dana Group, Olam Int. Ltd., Hong Xing Steel Co. Ltd., Visafone, African Wire, Star Comments and Allied Ltd. and Aarti Steel Nig. Ltd. Others are Abyem-Diva Int. Ltd.,…

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EFCC PROBES PAYMENT OF 34.5MIL.DOLLARS TO SENATOR BY NPA

A Senator is in trouble over a curious $34.5million contract awarded to a firm allegedly owned by him. The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) awarded the contract during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. The contract was part of  the dredging of the Calabar Access Channel by the Calabar Channel Management Limited (CCM), with Niger Global Engineering and Technical Company Limited. But all efforts by the new NPA management to find the details of dredging for the period during which CCM claimed to have dredged the Calabar Access Channel (November 2014…

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