President Buhari Appoints New MD For NPA

By Onome Naomi

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mohammed Bello Koko as the substantive Managing Director for the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

Koko has been performing the role of the MD of the authority in acting capacity since the suspension of the former Managing Director Hadiza Usman in May 2021.

This is contained in a terse statement in Abuja by the Director of Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Transportation Eric Ojiekwe.

The statement reads: “The President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Niger Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the appointment of Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko as the substantive Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority.

“This appointment takes immediate effect.”

Usman was suspended over alleged failure to remit N165 billion operating surplus to the coffers of the Federal Government

The Ministry on 10th May, 2021 inaugurated an administrative panel to investigate alleged infractions within the NPA since 2016.

The Ministry explained that the panel was constituted pursuant to the approval and directives of President Buhari, who also approved the suspension of Ms. Bala-Usman pending the outcome of the panel’s assignment.

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