The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has summoned the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman, over the non-payment of about N1.1bn gratuity of 130 retired workers of the agency.
The Chairman, Secretary and other members of the NPA board and management staff are expected to appear before the Senate panel alongside the managing director. The Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Ayo Akinyelure issued the directive on Thursday. He said the committee observed that by that action, the NPA has tampered with the implementation of the 2018 budget of the agency.
He said the agency, by doing so, had “shortchanged innocent Nigerians who retired from the services of NPA after a 35 years meritorious service to the Nation”.
The senate panel acted on a petition brought to it by one Isa Usman Kunini and three retired workers on behalf of 126 other ex-officers of the NPA over the non-payment of a significant portion of their gratuity by the NPA after their retirement in 2018.
In the petition, the retired workers requested that the Senate should look into the matter and urge the NPA management to include the sum of N1,160, 732, 309.43 being the outstanding amount that accrued to the ex-officers in the 2020 budget for immediate payment.
Kunini and three others appeared before the Committee and made a presentation on 17th December, 2020, but NPA management did not show up.
Akinyelure flayed the action of the NPA management and warned that his committee would no longer sit back and allow any government agency alter the implementation of the budget duly passed by the National Assembly.