New data out there to SaharaReporters exhibits how the suspended Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman, lied to her superiors and sabotaged the plan by the Nigerian authorities to decongest Lagos ports by dredging the Calabar Port.
SaharaReporters learnt that Usman lied to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the Senate concerning the suggestions of a committee she had set as much as examine the dredging undertaking on the Calabar Port.
Her lies have value Nigeria lives, billions of naira and jobs as Nigeria continues to depend on Lagos ports with its attendant congestion and different issues, it was additionally gathered.
For occasion, widespread congestion on the Lagos ports prices Nigeria $55 million (about N20.8 billion) every day, in response to a 2020 report by Dynanmar, a Dutch consultancy agency.
According to sources within the business, Usman persistently lied to Osinbajo, Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on the Apapa gridlock, tasked with the job of decongesting the Lagos ports, that dredging the Calabar Port was not viable.
The undertaking is underneath Calabar Channel Management, a three way partnership operation between a consortium led by Niger Global Engineering and Technical Company Limited and the Nigerian Ports Authority.
Following allegations that cash was paid for dredging at Calabar Port with nothing to point out for it, Usman arrange a committee to research three allegations: One, that Niger Global Engineering and Technical Company Limited didn’t comply with due course of in finishing up the job; two, that dredging Calabar Ports shouldn’t be viable and should not be finished; and three, that work was not finished on the positioning by the corporate.
The report of the committee together with different paperwork sighted by SaharaReporters certainly show that work had commenced at Calabar Port and that it was viable, however Usman ignored the report of the committee and insisted that the job have to be stopped.
Sources aware about the difficulty stated Usman took the place as a result of he needed the job for her cronies and never a impartial firm.
One of the sources aware about the committee’s report stated, “She (Hadiza Bala-Usman) has been hiding the reality. The job was suspended after President Muhammadu Buhari got here in. There had been allegations that cash was paid and that the job was not finished. Then she arrange a committee.
“The vp has been in command of how they will scale back visitors in Lagos so he put strain on her and he or she stated she would arrange a committee to make suggestions. She was in London, UK when the report got here out however stated no person ought to signal the report.
“Later, she granted interviews to newspapers, saying the committee indicted the corporate (Niger Global Engineering and Technical Company Limited), which was completely a lie. Her lies have value the nation a lot cash as a result of dredging the Calabar Port would have decongested Lagos ports. It would have made more cash for the federal government and created many roles.
“The committee members; we said we had to sign it. Later she said we should sign. But when Osinbajo and the Senate asked about it, she said the job should not continue, contrary to what is in the report. She told the Vice President that dredging should not be done because it was not viable.”
“We confirmed the primary (that Niger Global adopted due course of) and we employed a advisor from Switzerland to search out out if work had been finished they usually confirmed work had been finished. Nigerian Navy additionally wrote that they supplied safety for the dredger on the time it was working.
“The Swiss firm is named Coastal And Reclamation Engineering Services, popularly known as CARES. This firm is being appointed by the NPA to often audit the three channel administration particularly; Lagos Channel Management (LCM), Bonny Channel Management (BCM) and Calabar Channel Management (CCM). Payments of labor finished can solely be made to contractors after CARES audited the job and confirmed that work was finished.
“The firm additionally confirmed that work had began there however she hid the reality and refused to share the content material of the report with the Ministry of Transportation. And not dredging the Calabar Port is costing Nigeria loads when it comes to cash and jobs for the teeming inhabitants.
“Usman mischievously questioned the work of its one employed Auditors (CARES) on Calabar channel administration however on the similar time accepted and made funds to LCM and BCM on the recommendation of the identical auditor. She needed to provide the job to her cronies and persistently lied to the Vice President, AGF and the Senate.
“Nobody except the members knows the content of the committee’s report, not the Vice President or even the Ministry of Transportation or the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. She is interested in taking the job and giving it to her cronies,” one other supply stated.
SaharaReporters sighted the report of the committee set as much as assessment the actions of Calabar Channel Management Limited finished in November 2016.
The committee members are listed as: Prof Idris Abubakar, Executive Director, E&TS; Engr. Peter Obinomen, General Manager, Capital Projects; Engr. A. R. Mohammed, General Manager, PP&D; Engr. A. A. Jatto, General Manager, Engineering Maintenance; A. A. Ningi, General Manager, Audit; Nana Yakubu, Assistant General Manager, Legal; Surveyor O. Omotoso, Assistant General Manager, Hydro; Engr M. U. Isa, Principal Manager, BD&JV.
The committee’s phrases of reference had been said thus: “to carry out a holistic review of the Joint Venture Agreement between the NPA and Niger Global, to examine the request for payments by Niger Global received vide letter ref. T0160/S107/IXA/205 dated 15th August, 2016 from the office of the Minister of Transportation, to examine the operational and administrative effectiveness of CCM, to make appropriate recommendations to management.”
The suggestions of the committee amongst others as said within the doc say, “Having verified volumes dredged, all excellent funds resulting from CCML needs to be effected in keeping with the provisions of the JV Agreement.
“That in view of the subsisting presidential approval for the JV, CCML be allowed to proceed with its operation however at a lowered scale to be decided by the authority’s want and CCML’s Board Technical and Finance Committees.
“That henceforth, a multi-disciplinary project management team made of civil engineers, surveyors, hydrographers be appointed with definite responsibility to manage the dredging activities of all the channel management companies (LCM, BCC &CCML).”
However, in a letter she wrote to the Minister of Justice, Malami, the suspended NPA MD stated the contractor connived with the advisor and lied to the NPA that work was finished. She additionally lied to the minister that no key officer of the NPA equivalent to Port Harbour Master and Port Hydrographer agreed that any work was finished.
The letter dated June 5, 2018 and obtained by the ministry on June 8, 2018 was signed by I.G. Umar, Assistant General Manager, Board, for NPA Managing Director.
The letter was titled ‘Re: Execution Summary of the Entire Argument Surrounding the Calabar Channel Management Contract at the Truth Verifiably Documentary Evidence’.
Part of Usman’s letter to Malami learn: “The committee found amongst others; that the Harbour Master and Port Hydrographer (two key officers) who should be involved in the dredging exercise denied that any dredging activities took place within the period claimed by Niger Global, the ship movement of the dredgers MV Atlantico, MV Hurricane and MV Waterway could not be substantiated by the Calabar port, the pre and post comparison of the depth of the channel with a survey carried out six months before the dredging exercise revealed that the alleged dredging of the areas of the channel was questionable.”
“Meanwhile, this similar advisor is having a legitimate contact with the NPA and it’s the similar advisor that’s confirming work of each Bonny and Lagos channel managements and the identical MD is making fee to those firms on the idea of affirmation of labor by the identical advisor she’s accusing of wrongdoing.
“The second big lie she told the minister is that no any key officer of the NPA such as Port Harbour Master and Port Hydrographer agreed that any work was done,” one of many sources stated.
But the report of the committee exhibits that Port Hydrographer, a key officer of the NPA, was a member of the technical committee and signed underneath a report which confirmed that work was finished.
A letter from the Nigerian Navy dated July 2017 with ref VT: 015/73/200/Vol.IV/70, made out there to SaharaReporters additionally confirmed the suspended NPA MD was hiding the true state of issues.
The letter, addressed to the Managing Director, Calabar Channel Management Company, was titled, ‘Provision of Security Services to the Dredging Company for Calabar Channel for the period 20 November, 2014 to 15 January, 2015’.
It says, “This is to confirm that the Nigerian Navy through NNS VICTORY Calabar provided all the security services to the personnel and equipment of Calabar Channel Management Company for the successful execution of dredging exercise. The operation was hitch-free based on our assessment hence there was no security breach during the period.”
“At the second, no person together with the minister (Amaechi) and the President is conscious of the true final result of that committee report as a result of she refused to allow them to have a replica of the report and he or she solely retains telling them and Nigerians that the committee report indicted the contractor.
“She has granted many interviews in which she told lies about the whole contract. She’s a pathological liar and always knows how to get away with all this. Her arrogance and disregard for working ethics have cost Nigeria a lot and still cost Nigeria hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. She is the reason why Calabar Port has not been dredged and Lagos ports decongested,” added one of many sources.
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