Less than two months after she was appointed to head the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA Hadiza Bala Usman might have started the clean up of the agency regarded as a seemingly-corrupt enterprise.
Latest reports about the NPA suggests that a massive fraud of about NGN11.3 billion has been detected.
According to the Premium Times, about USD24.1 million was said to be traced to Heritage Bank. The said funds were allegedly not remitted into the treasury single accounts even after the federal government directed that all its funds housed in any deposit money banks be warehoused at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
Should these allegations prove to be true, then the NPA might be getting its ‘baptism of fire’. For many years, the NPA had been used a conduit to siphon major revenue accruing to Nigeria.
As one of the founders of the BringBackOurGirls campaign, Hadiza Bala Usman is known as a committed fighter and believer in doing what is right. What she will need from the federal government is support.
Part of the challenge Hadiza Bala Usman might face is to find out that ‘corruption fights back’ as well. She must understand the enormity of her office and the challenge she will face.
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