President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who announced the suspension in a statement on Thursday did not state any reason for the suspension but simply said that the President had approved the setting up of an Administrative Panel of Inquiry to investigate the NPA management.
The statement reads: “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved 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 Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA.
“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.”