Former Liberian president, Sirleaf Johnson saddened by Bala-Usman’s suspension

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia's president, listens at the "New World, New Capitalism" conference in Paris, France, on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009. Leaders from the Group of 20 industrialized and developing nations must regulate hedge funds and ban tax havens as part of new regulations to prevent the economic slump from deepening, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said. Photographer: Antoine Antoniol/Bloomberg News

The former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  has expressed sadness over the suspension of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman.

Johnson, the first female president of Liberia, led the country for eight years, from 2008 to 2016.

Taking to twitter, on saturday, the former president described Bala-Usman as an accomplished leader and a dedicated public servant said, “I am disheartened to hear about the suspension of the Nigerian Ports Authority MD @Hadizabalausman who I have known to be an accomplished leader and dedicated public servant.

“I urge adherence to the rule of law and fair and equal treatment as the situation evolves.”

The Ministry of Transportation, acting on figures supplied by the Budget Office, had accused the NPA of failing to remit N165bn operating surplus to the Federation Account.

It subsequently placed Bala-Usman on suspension while ordering a probe of the case.

The figures were later found to have been a miscalculation, having been derived from the rough budgetary figures of the company and not from its auditted account.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr  Rotimi Ameachi, was reported to have mellowed down on the non-remittances accusation following this discovery.

According to the Cable, the minister changed the offense to that of  insubordination, alleging that Bala-Usman always reported directly to the presidency, bypassing his office.

He is subsequenlty investigating Bala-Usman for insubordination instead, the Cable reported.




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