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EXPOSED: The N165b That Caused NPA Boss, Hadiza Usman’s Suspension



Strong indications emerged on Friday that alleged non-remittance of 2016-2020 operating surpluses of N165.3 billion to the Federation Account by the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) may have led to the suspension of the Managing Director of the agency, Hadiza Bala Usman.

Her suspension also stemmed from alleged insubordination to Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi under whose ministry is the NPA.

Hadiza, according to sources, had not been attending some vital ministerial briefings as chief executive of one of the parastatals under the Ministry of Transportation.

But some political forces opposed to her suspension have launched a move to rescue her.

The Nation on Friday sighted some documents from the Budget Office of the Federation on the finances of the NPA between 2016 and 2020, which sources said convinced President Muhammadu Buhari to approve Hadiza’s probe.

Amaechi, it was gathered, wrote a memo to the President recommending a ministerial investigation of the activities of NPA under Hadiza.

The memo entitled: “Remittance of operating surplus to the consolidated revenue fund account (CRF) by the Nigerian Ports Authority from 2016 –date,” elaborates on the revenue shortfall in NPA.

“It has been observed from the records submitted by the Budget Office of the Federation that the yearly remittance of operating surpluses by the Nigerian Ports Authority from the year 2016 to 2020 has been far short of the amount due for actual remittance (see the tables attached),” the Minister said.

“In view of the above, I wish to suggest that the financial account of the activities of Nigeria Ports Authority be investigated for the period to 2020 to ascertain the true financial position and the outstanding unremitted balance of one hundred and sixty-five billion, three hundred and twenty million, nine hundred and sixty-two thousand, six hundred and ninety seven naira only (N165,320,962,697).”

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He asked the President to “approve that the account and remittance of NPA in the period of 2016-2020 be audited to account for the gross shortfall of remitted public funds.”

In response to the letter, the President on the 17th of March wrote on the letter: “Your above prayer is approved.”

A separate letter on 30th March was written to the Minister of Transportation by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.“The letter, “Re-remittance of operating surplus to the consolidated revenue fund account (CRF) by the Nigerian Ports Authority from 2016-2020”, said: “Reference letter FMT/F7A/DFA/DMP/I/DI, dated 4th March 2020, I write to forward Reference A to you and to convey to you Mr. President’s approval of your prayers.

Findings however confirmed that the observations of the Budget Office of the Federation and insider’s abuse were “official justifications” to rein in Hadiza.

It was learnt that there were over 100 issues covering some of the following:

Alleged gross violation of procurement process

Administrative lapses leading to non-remittance of VAT deductions running into billions of naira and in foreign currency denomination to the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

Alleged excessive increase in administrative operational expenses.

Extra budgetary expenditures on hotel accommodation and under disclosure of expenditures on hotel expenses.

Alleged inflation of CSR expenses

About 573% rise in expenditure on local and foreign medical expenses, legal fees, corporate souvenirs and expenditure

Alleged increase in administrative cost by 72%

But an authoritative source said the strain in the relationship between the Minister of Transportation and the suspended MD might have fueled the action against her.

Another insider source said: “I think her suspension was the climax of the six-year cold war with her boss (Amaechi). The Minister actually recommended her for the job in 2016 and they started well.

“Along the line, the NPA MD assumed an independent status and refused to defer to Amaechi on the activities and management of the Ports Authority. It got to a stage that the minister never knew what was going on in NPA except through a third party.

“The alleged act of insubordination included refusal of the NPA MD to attend any ministerial briefing or meeting convened by Amaechi.

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“Even when she wielded political influence to put NPA under the control of the Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, her attitude did not change.

“The ‘miraculous’ manner in which she got reappointment for second term six months before the expiration of her tenure confirmed the breakdown of her relationship with Amaechi.

“The minister, who was waiting for the expiration of her tenure to make a point, was shocked to read about the announcement of her reappointment.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “When the minister tried to use the board to check Hadiza, it was not successful because of her high net worth political connection.”

A government source said although President Buhari was yet to hear from Hadiza, he opted for investigation to get a clearer picture.

The source said: “Once issues of alleged fraud or corruption and disloyalty are brought to the attention of the President, he does not waste time in acting. Those who are good in Presidential Villa politics have used Buhari’s disdain for corruption to their advantage.

“Buhari approved immediate suspension of the MD and investigation at the same time.”

It was gathered last night that some political forces had commenced underground moves to save Hadiza.

“There is intense lobbying by some forces for either the reversal of the suspension of Hadiza or an independent probe of the activities of NPA under her watch,” a source familiar with the development told The Nation.

“Those backing Hadiza claimed that she cannot get justice from an investigative committee raised by the minister.”

But a source in the Ministry of Transportation said: “It is unfortunate that some people are turning a serious case into a dispute between the Minister and Hadiza.

“Amaechi has lived with the insubordination in the last five years without complaining. Why are they not addressing the N165.3b surpluses unremitted by NPA?”


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Day Of African Child 2021: Evolving Women in Politics (EWIP) Celebrates With African Children…



On June 16, 1976, in Soweto, South Africa, about 10,000 black school children marched in a column more than half a mile long, protesting the poor quality of their education and demanding their right to be taught in their own language.

Hundreds of young students were shot – the most famous of them being Hector Pieterson, who died at the age of 12. More than 100 people were killed in the protests of the following two weeks and more than 1000 were injured.

This act left a big impact in Africa and, as a result, all African countries decided in 1991 to commemorate this day each year as the Day of the African Child.

The African Union leads the process and initiates the theme for each year, which all member countries adapt and celebrate in their respective countries.

Kenya has not been left behind and since 1991 the day has been celebrated by Kenyan children holding duty bearers to account by presenting memorandums that articulate their issues in line with the theme.

The Evolving Women in Politics EWIP, in Nigeria, has chosen to celebrate with the African children this year as a sign of unification with other African countries.

The general objective of the celebration of the DAC is to call attention to the linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Children’s Charter.

According to the Vice President of EWIP, Hajia Raliat Anako Abdulsalam Founder of the Raliat Anako Abdulsalam Foundation (RAAF), The goal is to inspire states to accelerate efforts towards realizing all children’s rights as provided by the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of Children, as a contribution towards accelerating the promotion and protection of all children’s rights in Africa.

She added that this year 2021, it aims to set out the relevance of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development for children in all countries on the African continent.

President of EWIP, Hajia Fatima Bello, CEO of Jumrash Aso Oke, added that this year’s celebration of the DAC provides a platform to reflect on the African continent’s flagship development agenda – Agenda 2063, the Committee’s Agenda 2040, and how they apply to children in Africa today.


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Teemark Limited has been fully rebranded under the new management and leadership of Mrs. Taiwo Funmilola Adenike the unassuming educational guidance and counseling professional and one of the leading prolific writers, bestselling authors and speakers in conferences and seminars around the world.

She became the MD/CEO of Teemark Limited after the demise of the founding chairman, Dr. Taiwo Adebayo Ayodeji who is a renowned digitalized marketing communication and brand development management consultant in the foray of Africa and Europe.

From the onset, Mrs. Taiwo Funmilola Adenike started the company Teemark Limited, with her goal-getter husband Late Dr. Taiwo Ayodeji in March 1997. And, she has been an instrument to the growth and development of the organization over the years.

Information available revealed that Teemark Limited is an all-round marketing communications consultancy hub with a strong passion for pinpointing and cultivating strategic business prototypes to help their esteemed clients’ target, attract and retain sustainable businesses through the various communications briefs/projects they execute on their behalf.

The vision of the organization is to be the ideal marketing communications, advertising management, events, entertainment and branding solutions provider firm in Nigeria and beyond.

The rebranded company that has taken the business to the next level specializes in the new wave of digital advertising using diverse technological base channels to create strategic awareness for brands and healthy growth in an era of business uncertainties.

Believe it or not, the outstanding mission is to continually add value to their clients’ personalities and businesses in the short and long term whilst making every client’s project they handle a memorable one by bringing dreams to life.

The niche offering of the marketing specialists and communication arm of Teemark Limited involves advertising, branding, event management, brand activation, large format printing, media relations, content development, public relation, general printing and publications.

Teemark Limited resource team includes; seasoned professionals in the art and marketing of ideas generation for brand growth and clients memorable experiences. Other attributes include diagnosis of brand challenges, marketing research based on terms and conditions and partnership relationship in building client/consumer community.


According to Mrs. Taiwo Funmilola Adenike, the Managing Director/CEO, she said: “We are fond of doing what is right no matter what to deliver great services to our clients and with updated ideas to help brands remained competitive in the market place.”We are a highly creative advertising and marketing agency you can trust in this part of the world.”

She further emphasized that the company approaches all projects with one thing in mind ‘Creating a target experience for returns on capital employed (ROCE)’.

The talk of the town headquarters of Teemark Limited, a business solution provider, is strategically located at 8, Agboola Aina Street, Off Toyin Street, Ikeja Lagos.

Other companies and publications affiliated to Teemark Limited Group are Great Steps; general printing firm, Peniel Oat Book House; publishing company and Teemark Travels & Tours in Nigeria and Kenya.

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Prominent Businessman and Politician Abisoye Fagade Loses Mum



Abisoye Fagade, prominent businessman, PR guru and new age politician, is bereaved.

His mother, Deaconess Comfort Omoladun Fagade, died on Sunday, June 13, 2021, after a brief Illness.

She was aged 78.

Fagade, the CEO of Sodium Group and convener of Oyo Si Ma Dun, OSMD Network Summit, took to his social media handles to mourn his mother.

According to him, “Goodnight Mummy. You were a mother indeed, an Abiyamo tooto. You were my teacher, my prayer champion and my intercessor. You were so beautiful in and out. Thank you for everything. Adieu, Mummy mi.”

A devoted Christian and doting mother, Deaconess Fagade trained as a teacher, where she distinguished herself as a professional with selfless focus and instinctive humanitarian mission.

Upon her retirement from the teaching service as an headmistress, Deaconess Fagade devoted the rest of her life to the service of God, the church, her family and humanity.

A native of Ibadan, Oyo State, she was widowed after the death of her husband, Pa David Oladokun Fagade, in August 2005,

Deaconess Fagade is survived by six children and many grandchildren.

Her burial ceremony has been slated to hold on August 5 and 6, 2021, in Ibadan.

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