The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is demanding the investigation, prosecution, and immediate sack of
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the suspended Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports
Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, over alleged mismanagement of over N165billions in the agency.
The party also claimed that the wife of the Minister of Transportation, Mrs. Edith Amaechi partook in an N48 billion contract scam in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
“The foul stench of corruption oozing out of the NPA, NDDC and other agencies of government in the last six years
has shown that our MDAs have become the cash cows and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) of greedy leaders of
the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their cronies in government in their unbridled looting of our patrimony.
However, “Our party asserts 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, which is under his
purview, is suspect and also raises public belief that he (Amaechi) only act apparently to shied himself after indicting
audit documents had already been exposed.
Reports from the Office of Auditor General
However, “This is in addition to reports from the office of Auditor General which also unearthed the looting of unremitted
deduction to Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) amounting to N3,667,750,470. $148,845,745.04, Euro
4,891,449.50 and £252,682.14 under the suspended NPA Managing Director and Amaechi’s ministerial supervision,”
the PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan said in the statement.
The Party added that the audit report also exposed another N15.18 billion allegedly siphoned through shady
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects by the NPA, an agency under Amaechi’s ministerial purview.
The PDP, therefore, demand that both the minister and the NPA Managing Director should be handed over to the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation and possible prosecution.
By Cynthia N.