September 29, 2022

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Reps panel directs NPA, terminal operators to satisfy, reconcile money owed


Public Accounts Committee of the Home of Representatives has ordered administration of the Nigeria Ports Authority to instantly have interaction terminal operators within the nation’s seaports with a view to reconciling the precise indebtedness of the businesses to the federal authorities of Nigeria.

Audit queries from the workplace of the Auditor Basic of the Federation had indicted 18 of the terminal operators of owing a whole lot of tens of millions each in greenback and naira, a part of which the NPA agreed had been paid, however nonetheless having substantial sums nonetheless pending.

Chairman of the Committee Hon. Wole Oke gave the contemporary order in the course of the resumed listening to on the matter on Tuesday, following denial of one of many terminal operators listed by the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA), Tincan Island Container Terminal as being indebted to the Nigerian authorities to the tune of $4.04m, insisting that it was not owing the federal government a dime.

Oke stated that the Bureau for Public Enterprise and a number of the Committee members ought to be a part of the reconciliation assembly, including that the reconciliation turned essential to out to relaxation the controversy between the 2 events, since there was a complete disagreement over the debt as contained within the Report of the Auditor Basic of the federation.

“I need Nigerians to grasp why we invited non-public firms. Ordinarily, we’ve got no enterprise with non-public firms. The Auditor Basic for the Federation indicted terminal operators for being indebted to the Nigeria Port Authority.

“We invited the NPA they usually have made their submission and gave us their breakdown of what the terminal operators are owing them and that they tried severally to recuperate the cash. For truthful listening to, we’ve got invited you as a result of we can’t shave your hair in your absence”, he stated.

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Basic Supervisor, Finance of the corporate, Kunle Adigun in his submission stated his firm was not owing the NPA and authorities a dime, whereas accusing the NPA of failing to reply to a number of letters calling for reconciliation between them. “A number of occasions, we’ve got made a number of appeals for NPA to come back to the desk for us to debate. We now have been writing letters since 2015, however no response”, he stated.