Putting issues at NPA in perspective

It is no longer news that Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, suspended the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman.

To be sure, Ministry of Transportation supervises the NPA. Hadiza is passing through a baptism of fire, for the first time in her public service career.

The only other time she came close to open public inquisition was when she was a Special Assistant to Malam Nasir el-Rufai as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory between 2003 and 2007 and the Senate could not come to terms with the fact that Hadiza and one other were being paid N1m as monthly salary. el-Rufai who was the one on the spot had put up a robust defence of his decision to remunerate them handsomely.