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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday called for sack of Minister of Transportation Chibuike Amaechi and the suspended Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) Managing Director Hadiza Bala Usman.
Also yesterday, the House of Representatives Caucus of the PDP said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should be allowed to take over the probe of the NPA activities, rather than a ministerial panel.
In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party deplored what it described as the foul stench of corruption oozing out of the NPA, NDDC and other agencies of government in the last six years.
The PDP said that recent revelation of sleaze in the two agencies have shown that the MDAs have become the cash cows and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) of greedy leaders of the Administration.
The party asserted that the fact that it took the Minister a clear six years (2016 to 2021) to query the NPA Managing Director over the alleged looting of N165 billion unremitted operating surplus of the agency, has raised public belief that he (Amaechi) only acted apparently to shied himself after indicting audit documents had already been exposed.
He said: “Our party insists that both the minister and the indicted NPA Managing Director should be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation and possible prosecution.”
In a Statement, House Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu (PDP, Delta) said the caucus was alarmed by the alleged looting over N165 billion operating surplus as well as other diverted funds running into billions of naira, by top officials of the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA).
The lawmakers asked the EFCC to immediately “take in the indicted Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, and commence a system-wide investigation with a view to prosecuting her, if found wanting”.
The statement said: “Our Caucus holds that the mere suspension of the indicted Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, and the resort to an administrative panel of enquiry even after the report by the Supervising Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, exposed an unremitted and possibly diverted operating surplus of N165 billion, amounts romancing and perfuming corruption by the APC-led Federal Government.
“The Minority Caucus also believes that the recourse to an administrative instead of a full-scale criminal investigation can only serve as decoy to shield some other APC government officials involved in the looting spree at NPA and other affiliated agencies in the transport sector.