Poor Hadiza Bala Usman, forced to grow too quickly



By Owei Lakemfa

HADIZA Bala Usman, politician and social activist, was until last Thursday, May 6, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA. But on that day, President Muhammadu Buhari yanked her off and ordered an investigation of her stewardship in the agency. As in almost all such cases, the report of the investigation may never    not see the light of day. Usually, such investigations are to keep the concerned official quiet while the report will be kept handy, in case the need arises to descend on such officials.    In Nigeria’s dog-eat-dog system, the father can devour the daughter and life will simply go on.

However, I am more inclined to sympathise with her because in my analysis, she was built to fail; the job given her was a technical, not political one.

The mandate of the NPA is to develop, own and operate ports and harbours, provide safe and navigable channel, offer cargo handling and storage services, maintain    port facilities and…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper