Representatives call on NPA to reverse termination of agreement with Intels
The House of Representatives floundered yesterday in the ongoing controversy between the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) and Intels Nigeria Limited.
The House, while adopting a motion by Representative Diri Douye (PDP, Bayelsa), decided to form a panel to investigate the circumstances that led to NPA’s decision to terminate an existing contract between it and Intels.
The committee should verify whether due process has been followed for termination of the agreement and other related matters. He has two weeks to submit his report.
The Chamber said that NPA should reverse the termination of the contract with Intels, pending the outcome of the investigation.
The motion has caused serious divisions among lawmakers, with a number of them opposing it. But it spread at the end.
Douye said the deal included the construction and operation of Apapa, Warri, Federal Ocean Terminal Port and Onne in Port Harcourt, for which, he said, Intels had spent $ 900 million.
However, he said, NPA terminated the contract in a letter to Federation Attorney General (AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN) on September 27, claiming the action was based on an allegation of illegality of the agreement.
The action, the lawmaker said, is having negative consequences for Nigerians working at Intels and their dependents.
Supporting the motion, Sergius Ogun (PDP, Edo), said the House should intervene in the case as Intels staff were already protesting in ports.
Likewise, other lawmakers such as Hassan Saleh (APC, Benue), Simon Arabo (PDP, Kaduna) supported the motion.
But opposing the motion, Representative Rotimi Agunsoye (APC, Lagos) said the House should leave the matter to the judiciary to decide, calling on Intels to take it to court.
In addition, Representative Ahmad Babba Kaita (APC, Katsina) said there appeared to be a monopoly on Intels’ part as all other competing companies withdrew after the deal was signed.
“Intels, as we see today, is not even owned by Nigerians. The ownership structure of the company is purely foreign, but they are using the Nigerians as fronts and have killed many indigenous businesses operating in the same sector, ”he said.
Representative Aliyu Sani Madaki (APC, Kano), said that Intels’ refusal to pay the collected revenues to government coffers through the Single Treasury Account (TSA) violated Article 81 of the constitution which stipulates that the government account must be paid into an account known as the Consolidated Revenue Account of the Federation. “
But President Yakubu Dogara responded by saying that there is nowhere in the world that monopoly is an offense, saying that “some businesses are better conducted in a monopoly environment”.