The Home of Representatives yesterday waded into the continuing controversy between the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) and Intels Nigeria Restricted.
The Home, whereas adopting a movement by Rep Diri Douye (PDP, Bayelsa), resolved to represent an advert hoc panel to probe the circumstances that led to NPA’s choice to terminate an present contract between it and Intels.
The committee is to establish if due course of was adopted within the termination of the settlement and different associated issues. It has two weeks to submit its report.
The Home mentioned NPA ought to reverse the termination of the contract with Intels, pending the result of the investigation.
The movement triggered critical division among the many lawmakers, with numerous them opposing it. However it scaled by means of ultimately.
Douye mentioned the settlement included the development and operation of Apapa, Warri, Federal Ocean Terminal Port and Onne in Port Harcourt, which he mentioned Intels spent $900 million on.
Nonetheless, he mentioned, NPA terminated the contract in a letter to the Legal professional Basic of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), on September 27, saying the motion was primarily based on an alleged illegality of the settlement.
The motion, the lawmaker mentioned, has unfavourable penalties on the Nigerians working at Intels and their dependents.
In supporting the movement, Sergius Ogun (PDP, Edo), mentioned the Home should intervene within the matter as Intels employees had been already protesting on the ports.
Equally, different lawmakers similar to Hassan Saleh (APC, Benue), Simon Arabo (PDP, Kaduna) supported the movement.
However opposing the movement, Rep Rotimi Agunsoye (APC, Lagos) mentioned the Home ought to go away the matter for the judiciary to resolve, calling on Intels to go to courtroom.
Additionally, Rep Ahmad Babba Kaita (APC, Katsina) mentioned there gave the impression to be monopoly on the a part of Intels as all different aggressive firms folded up after the settlement was signed.
“Intels as we see right now isn’t even owned by Nigerians. The possession construction of the corporate is solely overseas, however they use Nigerians as fronts and killed many indigenous firms working in the identical business,” he mentioned.
Rep Aliyu Sani Madaki (APC, Kano), mentioned Intels’ refusal to pay the collected income to the federal government coffers by means of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) went opposite to Part 81 of the structure which supplies that “all revenues or different monies made on behalf of presidency shall be paid to an account often known as the Consolidated Income Account of the Federation.”
However Speaker Yakubu Dogara responded by saying there may be nowhere on the earth that monopoly is an offence, saying “some companies are higher carried out in a monopolistic setting.”[Daily Trust]