Following alleged shocking discoveries in documents circulated recently which showed that Senator Hope Uzodinma owns substantial interest in NigerGlobal Engineering and Technical Company Limited, lawmakers have reportedly commenced agitation for his removal as Chairman of the Senate Joint committee on Customs, Excise & Tariff and Marine Transport.
Magic FM reports that the lawmakers said his continued stay as Chairman of the joint committee may further ignite conflict of interests and cause the Senate a series of embarrassments as witnessed with his allegations of 282 missing vessels leveled against the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The Senate Joint committee, had on the 17th of July, 2017, held a public hearing where it accused the NPA of “failing to provide records of 282 vessels that berthed in its terminals between 2010 and 2016.”
However, after reviewing documents provided by the Committee, the agency discovered that: “of the 29 items handed over to the NPA on July 20, 2017, only five vessels were identifiable.
NPA maintained that it discovered that the other 24 items are repetitions of the five vessels that were identified. A report to this effect, with relevant supporting documents evidencing payment of all charges for the five vessels, is said to have been forwarded to the Senate Committee by the NPA as requested.
BY NELSON AND JUDE