The immediate past president of the Nigerian Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association, Matthew Alalade, has said that the suspended managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Usman, is the architect of her fate.
Alalade said in a telephone chat with Financial Street on Monday that the suspended MD stepped on some powerful toes.
He also said that Usman should be grateful to God for successfully completing one tenure as NPA boss.
“Hadiza Usman might have stepped on toes of some powerful Nigerian politicians, and this could be reason for her removal.
“As a female, she is always feeling cheated. She is the only female among the maritime agency bosses. She must thank her God for a successful first tenure,” he said.
The seasoned seafarer also fingered the controversial Secured Anchorage Contract as one of the areas that might have caused Usman her job.
“I think the Secure Anchorage Contract is one of the causes of her ordeal. These people are politicians with powerful backing. She did not handle the matter properly,” he added.
Alalade, nevertheless, is optimistic that her removal will not have any negative effect on the maritime industry.
“Her removal will not have any negative effect on maritime operations. Let her go and rest and face the panel set for her. It is the same people that brought her into the system that relieved her of the job.”
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