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Amaechi Never Asked Bala Usman To Award $1.5billion Channel Management To Two Chinese Companies—Transport Ministry

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The Federal Ministry of Transportation says its minister, Rotimi Amaechi by no means requested the suspended Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman to award $1.5 billion channel administration to 2 Chinese language firms.

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A nationwide day by day had on Tuesday claimed Amaechi requested that the 2 firms be chosen to handle Bonny and Warri Channels, a request the NPA rejected as a result of it violated due course of.



Magdalene Ajani, everlasting secretary of the ministry in a press release described the report as false.

“This is because of the truth that it’s obvious that the intention of the story is to aim to pre-empt the result of the panel’s work, unduly search to personalise a severe nationwide problem bordering on transparency and accountability within the dealing with of public funds and try to tug the HMT into the world of brick-bats and mud-slinging in an effort to power a distraction from the task now being undertaken by the panel.

“It’s nonetheless essential to shortly clear the air on the weighty allegation contained within the article

“It’s to the above particular malicious and unfounded feedback that this rebuttal strictly responds, because it borders on a deliberate try by the newspaper to tug the status and integrity of the HMT within the mud by an unfounded and malicious allegation, which is designed to hoodwink the Nigerian public, name into severe query the processes and normal working protocols of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, and denigrate the particular person and standing of the Honourable Minister within the course of.

“It’s essential to put on file that whereas ‘Channel Administration’ contracts have been routinely awarded through the years by the Nigerian Ports Authority at a value of between 50 and 60 billion naira on an annual foundation, the Honourable Minister has adopted a agency place that the NPA ought to undertake the job of channel administration on an in-house foundation via the acquisition of the mandatory equipment {and professional} capability given the humongous annual sums paid out to dredging contractors by the authority.

“Certainly, following the expiration of the Channel Administration contracts for the Lagos, Bonny and Port Harcourt Channels in 2020 and the initiation of the contractual course of for the renewal of the mentioned contracts early in 2021, the HMT on twenty second January, 2021, whereas responding to a request for the NPA to offer requisite particulars associated to the proposed transactions directed within the following phrases:

“Para. 10 authorised. There may be the necessity for NPA to know that they need to buy their very own gear and never award any contract.

​“In gentle of the above, it’s certainly troublesome to reconcile the newspaper’s wild, malicious and unsupportable declare that the Honourable Minister insisted on the contracts being awarded to ‘two Chinese language firms’ with the documented proof of his place that the NPA was engaged in apparent profligacy and wastage of public funds to be spending over fifty billion naira (N50 billion) on an annual foundation on contracts for which it may buy equipment and construct in-house capability for larger long-term advantages. It’s a mark of unprofessionalism and manifest unfairness, in our opinion, that in publishing this clearly sensational and focused story, the newspaper didn’t take into account it essential to contact this Ministry for its aspect of the story earlier than speeding to press to fulfill its sponsors.”

 

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