NPA To Investigate Contract Dredging Scandal

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 NPA boss, Hadiza Bala Usman

 

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is set to conduct a thorough investigation with other maritime agencies over a recent report which detailed how some former top officials of the organisation were indicted in Switzerland for alleged corruption.

According to a PREMIUM TIMES report, NPA boss, Hadiza Bala Usman, said the indictment would top the agenda when the agency’s board meets in July.

Usman said the report, apart from being “deeply embarrassing” to the NPA, was particularly worrisome because it casts doubt on the processes, integrity and business ethics of her agency.

“It is a development we are deeply worried about because it relates to the integrity of our agency and process,” she said.

Chief Adebayo Sarumi, one-time managing director of NPA; Mr. Felix Ovbude, former managing director, NPA’s Eastern Ports, and a former Executive Director, Finance at the NPA, Abba Murtala Mohammed, are among officials mentioned in a $20 million bribery scandal for which a Swiss company and its officials have been convicted in Geneva.