MONUMENTAL FRAUD IN NPA: SACK AND ARREST HABIB ABDULLAHI NOW GROUP URGES PRESIDENT BUHARI.
Following what it described as monumental fraud and incompetence, a group under the auspices of Nigerian Anti Corruption Crusaders(NAC) has called on President Muhhamadu Buhari to order the immediate investigation, dismissal and prosecution of Mr Habib Abdullahi the MD of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) for monumental fraud,
incompetence and lack of vision. In a press release issued recently by the Nigerian Anti Corruption Crusaders and signed by the president and secretary Dr. Segun Adesobi and Mr. Ismaila Waheed respectively in Lagos, the group recalled that in 2012 and 2013, the media was awash with cases of fraudulent activities of Mr Habib Abdullahi especially a publication contained in MMS, a Maritime Industry weekly which blew open how he wasted about N5.44 billion on foreign trips in 2013 alone and that despite series of petitions to the anti graft agencies, Habib remained shielded by the government in power then simply because he used such proceeds to finance the PDP,as he was known to be like Chief Tony Anenih,s son.
They noted that till today Habib Abdulahi still maintains multi dollars worth private homes in London where he spends every weekend with large entourage of 20 -30 persons who go on shopping spree in European super stores and resumes work every Monday all at the expense of NPA. He has refused to relocate back to NIGERIA after his stint as the NPA representative in London,with several of his children enrolled in boarding schools in the United Kingdom. He constantly travels first class on this foreign weekend junkets,Inspite of the Federal Government directive for ministers and heads of parastatals to travel business class.
They also made reference to the report of the last concluded National Conference Committee on Finance which alerted the nation about the non remittance of N713 billion to the Federation Account by NPA between 2009 and 2014 pointing out that a breakdown of the figure shows that Habibu Abdullahi supervised much of this economic sabotage as Executive Director Finance and Administration and as MD of NPA respectively from 2011-2014. They also noted that a published report by the Committee indicated that NPA generated N91 billion in 2009 but remitted N5.2 billion; raked in N102 billion in 2010 but paid only N3.5 billion to government; and made N120 billion in 2011 and remitted just N1 billion. In 2012, the NPA reportedly made N128 billion but remitted only N17.8 billion to government coffers. Generated N131 billion in 2013 and remitted N3.2 billion, while N172 billion was realized up to May 2014 without any remittance as at the point of the report, thereby prompting the Committee’s alarm.
This happened under the Goodluck Jonathan administration,and Habib was shielded from prosecution because of his closeness to the powers that be in that Government,even though he is trying very hard to disclaim this and pretend to be a supporter of the current President Muhammadu Buhari led APC Government.Who ever lobbied for the reappointment of Habib Abdullahi as the MD of NPA should apologise to Nigerians for misinforming President Buhari as to the reasons for his sack. He was finally sacked after several attempts to remove him for incompetence and corruption were thwarted by Chief Tony Anenih on account of his funding of the PDP Board of trustees and the Party through Anenih,who was then the chairman of NPA.
With this unholy alliance between Chief Tony Anenih,the then First Lady Patience Jonathan,the PDP top hierarchy,HABIB rode roughshod on the then minister of Transport Abdullahi Idris and fully marginalised him and the ministry of transport in all NPA transaction.
The group also made reference to a position paper by Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole during the 8th quadrennial delegates’ conference of the National Union of Road Transport Workers where he revealed that the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), spent N160 billion representing 98.77 per cent of the N162 billion it generated in a year and remitted only 2 billion to government coffers under Habib Abdullahi. HABIB ABDULLAHI should be asked to provide a breakdown of this expenditure and who authorised it.The EFCC should not ignore the use of NPA revenues as a political slush fund similar to the way DASUKI used $2.1bn security funds.
The group opined that in view of these allegations and the fact that NPA has not made any progress under Habib’s watch, the president has no other option than to immediately sack him and order for his arrest and hand him over to the anti corruption agencies for investigation and prosecution to answer for the numerous frauds he committed in NPA.HABIB ABDULLAHI neither has the academic qualifications,knowledge and sagacity,temperament, level headedness and the humility to learn that is required to run an agency as strategic as NPA to national development. If quota is a criteria for this very unjustifiable appointment,surely the Governor of Jigawa state and other North West Governors can find some body very qualified amongst the army of distinguished Jigawa sons and daughters to head the NPA.The right calibre of person will also work with the North West APC Governors to further strengthen the party in that zone and provide the President a solid home base.
The group noted that lately, Habib has tried to portray himself as APC chieftain when we all know that he was indeed the bedrock of PDP and worked hand in gloves with Chief Tony Anenih and used NPA funds to fund the PDP for several years. This is a man who has risen to become NPA MD by lobby and not competence when he was actually engaged in error as Executive Director Finance inspite of not being qualified for the position having no finance background. They also noted too that Habib was a man sacked by an agency of government in Kano state where he worked, for incompetence and insubordination and now curiously trying to portray his EDs as the problem when it is known to all and sundry that he is actually the problem and needs to go.
Emphasizing that all his EDs are more qualified than him and the few achievements recorded by the NPA are by the EDs which he now wants to also claim .Stressing that a key agency like the NPA doesn’t need buffoons as MD if the Muhammadu Buhari administration must achieve the Change agenda of the administration especially in this era of dwindling oil revenue such that any kobo that accrues to the nation must be prudently accounted for.
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