I Didn’t Disobey Court Order, Says Hadiza Bala Usman

Hadiza Bala Usman, suspended Managing Director
of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), on Sunday
dismissed claims that she allegedly frustrated
contractors working with NPA.
Usman, in a statement she personally signed, urged
members of the public who she said she owed
explanation to dismiss the claims, saying the
rumours were being peddled by mischief makers.
The suspended MD of NPA was reacting to an
online publication that alleged that she unlawfully
frustrated NPA contractors, causing huge losses in
the maritime sector.
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“For the sake of the generality of Nigerians, whom I
owe an explanation for whatever steps I take in the
service of the nation, I present the truth of the
INTELS story as follows: Neither I nor the Nigerian
Ports Authority disobeyed any court order in the
matters involving INTELS or any other company for
that matter.
“As a corollary to this, there was no court order
existing at the time of the expiration of the boat pi­
lotage contract between the NPA and INTELS by
August 8, 2020.
“I should also state that this contract was not termi­
nated, contrary to claims by Sahara Reporters.
“For the records, INTELS was engaged as Man­
aging Agents of the Authority for oil industry related
activities in the compulsory pilotage district within
the Exclusive Economic Zone of Nigeria.
“This contract commenced in June 2007 with a
review of an extension of 10 years in 2011 to cul­
minate in August 2020.
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“The Authority had in 2017, served INTELS with a
notice of termination for its refusal to comply with
the Treasury Single Account policy of the Federal
Government.
“Following the receipt of the termination notice, the
company complied with the policy. A supplemental
agreement was signed to recognise the compliance
to TSA and the notice of termination was
accordingly withdrawn.
“In compliance with the Public Procurement Act,
the Authority in Dec 2019 initiated a public tender
(contrary to Sahara Reporters’ falsehood) process
in anticipation of the expiration of the contract in
August 2020. This was for the appointment of a
contractor to provide the Authority with that service.
“INTELS, alongside other companies submitted
bids to qualify for the tender in line with the criteria
spelled out in the public advert. INTELS violated
one of the criteria advertised for the tender process
and was accordingly disqualified.
“The tender process proceeded accordingly and the
companies that scored the highest were
prequalified. The outcome of the transparent tender
process was forwarded to the Federal Ministry of
Transportation for onward transmission to the
Federal Executive Council (FEC) for its con­
sideration.
“Upon disqualification from the tender process,
INTELS initiated a court action to prevent the Au­
thority from proceeding with the tender process cit­
ing a debt owed one of their sister companies,
Deep Offshore Nigerian Ltd, for the development of
Onne 4B. This is an amortization project which
payment should be derived from the revenue raised
from this service. There was no provision in the
contract to the effect that INTELS must be the
company carrying out the boat pilotage contract,
but they have continued to hold the country to
ransom through this court case.”

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