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Official Details: Why We Terminated Atiku's INTELS Contract

Thes Nigerian Ports Authority boats pilotage monitoring and supervision contract with INTELS remains terminated, the NPA’s Chief Executive, Hadiza Usman, has said.

The NPA boss told newsmen on Monday in Lagos that the contract was terminated on the advice of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami.

What are the bases for the termination?

According to her, the legal advice was contained in an AGF’s letter dated Sept. 27, 2017, which was a response to NPA’s May 31, 2017 letter in which it sought clarity on the matter.

Usman said that she had raised letters and held meetings with INTELS management to comply with the FG’s directive on the Treasury Single Account since she assumed office 15 months ago.

“They maintained their stand not to make payment to NPA. They want to deduct 28 percent commission and other costs.

NPA says a TSA account has been opened and that at the end of the month, there will be reconciliation of accounts but INTELS refused. Will I spend 15 months talking to a company to comply with the constitution of the country?” she asked.

Usman explained that all further attempts by the NPA to get the company obey the payment directive were met with various excuses.

She said the NPA management would proceed on a transitional arrangement to engage another firm.

On fear of job losses, the managing director said that the workers would be absorbed by any entity that took up the job.

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