Former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, has said that her refusal to present birthday gift to the immediate past minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi was the reason she was persecuted by him.
Hadiza made this known in her new book titled “Stepping on Toes: My Odyssey at the Nigerian Ports Authority”.
She also said that Amaechi rejected pleas from notable Nigerians for her to be reinstated.
“Interest groups and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) also tried to intervene. I know for instance that Governors elected on the platform of the APC, the Progressive Governors Forum, chaired by Governor Atiku Bagudu deliberated on the issue of my suspension and constituted a committee to intervene,” she wrote in the book,” he said.
“The Governors’ team met with the Minister to discuss a resolution of the matter. He insisted that my management of the NPA had to be investigated due to the amount unremitted to the CRF [Consolidated Revenue Fund]. He even tried to Sway the governors’ resolve by suggesting that the budget of the NPA was bigger than most of their state budgets so they shouldn’t bother about me,” he added.