“The only aspect I frown at is her not being queried before getting suspended. I am a retired civil servant and think that in line with civil service rules, she should have been queried first, and allowed to respond to the query before any action will then be taken on her situation.
“They should have followed due process because before you say somebody should go on suspension, she ought to have first been queried and allowed to respond to the query.
“Her tenure has just being renewed, so without allowing her to know what she has done wrong and even given the opportunity to respond before suspension shows a lack of due process.”
Also speaking on the development, the Coordinator, Save Nigeria Freight Forwarders, Osita Chukwu described as unjustified the suspension of Hadiza Bala Usman.
According to him, Hadiza’s suspension was ridiculous and a big shame on the nation’s maritime sector, especially now that Nigeria is recording gains among the comity of nations due to her reform processes.
Osita claimed that Hadiza Bala Usman has been making steady progress in the sector and does not deserve such treatment from the Nigerian government, especially when the allegations against her have not been substantiated.
“If an allegation is made, you should allow the person to defend herself rather than suspending her.
“If they just push her out like that, I see a setback to the reforms. Despite intimidation, she has continued with her work. Even during the EndSars protest, she did not relent, only for her to be rewarded this way,” he lamented.
The President of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Increase Uche, believed that Usman’s removal was a setback to campaign for women inclusion in government and the maritime industry in particular.
“Maybe she was being prepared for a higher position, but if it was a misdemeanor or her undoing, that will seriously damage the promotion of gender sensitivity in the position of authority.
He urged Mohammed Bello-Koko to swing into action to ensure that the reforms being championed by Usman are brought to bear to ensure efficiency and continuation of the seaport reforms.
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NIMASA set to open Lokoja office to harness waterways resources
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has disclosed that the Agency is set to reopen the Lokoja office, as part of efforts towards harnessing the Blue Economy, enhancing collaboration, while also promoting Research and Development.
The DG, who made this known when he played host to the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Mal. Usman Hayatu Mazadu at the head office of the Agency in Lagos, noted that investment in research would play a major role in ensuring the harnessing of Nigeria’s maritime potentials.
“The key cardinal principle of opening the NIMASA Lokoja office is to improve on Research and Development.
He said, “Now, the Blue Economy has come to stay and very soon you will see the impact of what we have; in terms of the gains and benefits to grow our Gross Domestic Product while improving the well-being of our own Economy”.
Earlier in his remarks, Mallam Usman of KADSEMA lauded the Agency for the feat achieved so far, which cuts across the entire Nigeria.
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