Reps ask NPA to reverse termination of arrangement with Intels

Reps ask NPA to reverse termination of arrangement with Intels


The Dwelling of Representatives yesterday waded into the ongoing controversy among the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) and Intels Nigeria Limited.

The Household, when adopting a motion by Rep Diri Douye (PDP, Bayelsa), fixed to constitute an advert hoc panel to probe the conditions that led to NPA’s determination to terminate an present agreement concerning it and Intels.

The committee is to determine if because of method was followed in the termination of the settlement and other similar matters. It has two months to submit its report.

The Home explained NPA should really reverse the termination of the contract with Intels, pending the consequence of the investigation.

The motion brought about really serious division among the lawmakers, with a number of them opposing it. But it scaled by in the stop.

Douye reported the arrangement involved the development and operation of Apapa, Warri, Federal Ocean Terminal Port and Onne in Port Harcourt, which he reported Intels spent $900 million on.

However, he claimed, NPA terminated the deal in a letter to the Legal professional Normal of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), on September 27, indicating the motion was centered on an alleged illegality of the arrangement.

The action, the lawmaker reported, has negative implications on the Nigerians operating at Intels and their dependents.

In supporting the motion, Sergius Ogun (PDP, Edo), reported the Home should intervene in the matter as Intels team were being currently protesting at the ports.

In the same way, other lawmakers these as Hassan Saleh (APC, Benue), Simon Arabo (PDP, Kaduna) supported the motion.

But opposing the movement, Rep Rotimi Agunsoye (APC, Lagos) reported the Home should really leave the subject for the judiciary to make a decision, calling on Intels to go to court.

Also, Rep Ahmad Babba Kaita (APC, Katsina) explained there appeared to be monopoly on the section of Intels as all other competitive providers folded up right after the settlement was signed.

“Intels as we see nowadays is not even owned by Nigerians. The possession structure of the firm is purely overseas, but they use Nigerians as fronts and killed a lot of indigenous companies operating in the identical sector,” he claimed.

Rep Aliyu Sani Madaki (APC, Kano), reported Intels’ refusal to fork out the gathered profits to the govt coffers by means of the Treasury One Account (TSA) went contrary to Portion 81 of the constitution which presents that “all revenues or other monies created on behalf of government shall be paid out to an account regarded as the Consolidated Earnings Account of the Federation.”

But Speaker Yakubu Dogara responded by expressing there is nowhere in the environment that monopoly is an offence, declaring “some firms are better carried out in a monopolistic environment.”

[Daily Trust]


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