Senate summons NPA MD over unpaid gratuity of 130 workers

Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman


The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has summoned the Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, over the non-payment of about N1.1bn gratuity of 130 retired workers of the agency.

Also expected to appear before the Senate panel alongside Bala Usman, are the Chairman, Secretary and other members of the NPA board.

The Chairman of the Senate committee, Ayo Akinyelure, who issued the summon on Thursday, said the committee observed that by its 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 committee 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 December 17, 2020.