…As Saraki says OMSL Contract neither suspended nor dismantled yet!***
The Senate Joint Committee on Navy, Marine Transport and Finance on Wednesday bared its fangs, demanding that the Director-General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency ( NIMASA) Mr. Dakuku Peterside must appear before it unfailingly on Thursday (today), or be slammed by a warrant of arrest.
The committee is investigating the alleged N263.89 billion illegal security services carried out by the Ocean Marine Solutions Ltd. (OMLS) at the Safe Anchorage Area in Lagos Ports indicated this; even as the Minister of State, Transportation, Dr. Gbemisola Saraki highlighted that the OMSL contract on security services at the ports had actually not been suspended or dismantled as claimed by the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman on Tuesday.
Dakuku had failed to appear before the panel but was represented at the hearing by the Agency’s Principal Legal Officer, Mr Haruna Argungu.
But the Committee Chairman, Sen. George Sekibo told Argungu to inform Peterside to appear in person before the committee unfailingly on Dec. 5, failure of which a warrant of arrest would be issued against him by the Senate.
The committee which refused to honour Argungu in that capacity, subsequently walked him out of the session, in the presence of the Minister of State, Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki.
Trouble for the NIMASA boss started when Sekibo read out list of heads of Marine Transport agencies invited for the hearing and discovered that Peterside was not personally present.
Angered by Dakuku’s absence, Sekibo declared: “the investigative hearing was supposed to have been held earlier but shifted to allow Peterside and other key players in Marine Transport to attend the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) conference which took place in London.
“It is annoying that after that grace given to him, he still refused to appear before us.
“This is unacceptable as submitted by other members of the committee,” Sekibo said.
Reacting, Saraki said OMSL contract on security services at the ports had not been suspended or dismantled as claimed by the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Usman on Tuesday .
She explained to the committee that the ministry had scheduled a meeting with all stakeholders on the security services at the ports for Dec. 9, in Lagos.