EXCLUSIVE: NPA ends dispute with Intels, seeks Attorney-General’s clearance to restore contract

Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman,

The business dispute between the Nigerian Ports Authority and Intels Nigeria Limited over revenue sharing structure and payment procedure now stands resolved, the NPA has said.

The maritime agency is however awaiting clearance from the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for possible restoration of the contract seized from the logistics firm.

Intels and NPA had been locked in a fierce business face-off, resulting in several tension-soaked meetings and exchange of aggressive correspondences.

That followed the company’s non-compliance with the Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account policy.

The NPA had insisted that service boat revenues collected on its behalf by Intels be first swept into its account at the Central Bank of Nigeria, before they are shared by both parties.

But Intels disagreed, saying complying with the policy would have adverse effects on its finances and agreements with its bankers.

On October 5, based on a legal advise by the attorney-general, the NPA terminated the multi-billion naira service boats contract it awarded to Intels several years ago.

However, in a November 10 letter seen by PREMIUM TIMES, the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman, told Attorney-General Malami that the dispute between the two parties had now been resolved.

That was after Intels  formally wrote the NPA, apologising for its initial rejection of the regulator’s directive on TSA and then stating its readiness to comply.

In the letter, Mrs. Bala-Usman said Intels “has now tendered its unreserved apology and undertakes to totally comply with Treasury Single Account (TSA) of the Federal Government.”

She continued: “The Company has further stated its readiness to execute the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), which was drawn by the Authority to bring implementation of Service Boats Agreement in line with extant regulation and Government directives.”

“Sir, the crux of the disagreement between the Authority and Messrs INTELS Nigeria Limited relates to the compliance with TSA policy of the Federal Government, which by the letter from the company is now resolved. There is currently no dispute between the parties on the basis of Service Boats Agreement.”

Since the NPA relied on Mr. Malami’s legal advisory to terminate the contract, Mrs. Bala-Usman is now requesting the attorney-general’s clearance to reinstate the contract.

“May I therefore seek your legal guidance on the above to enable me respond to the request of Messrs. Intels Nigeria Limited accordingly,” Mrs. Bala-Usman told the attorney-general.

In its apology, dated October 25, Intels, through one of its directors, Silvano Bellinato, suggested that an agreement that will ensure ‘mutual business satisfaction’ be signed between the company and NPA.

Mr. Bellinato also sought assurances that Intels’ share of collected revenues would always be remmitted to it in good time after the TSA account with the CBN is credited.

Our sources said the NPA was still awaiting Mr. Malami’s response to its latest correspondence on possible restoration of the contract.

Intels too is keeping its fingers crossed as the attorney-general’s legal opinion is key to the restoration of the revenue collection contract or otherwise.


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  • Sam

    It’s great to hear the Intel guys are now willing to obey the govt, but the AGF had stated that the contract was illegal abnitio ,renewing same without review will render his earlier stand suspect.

    • Pluti

      I guess the new contract is still under review, hopefully corrupt clause will not crawl in

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  • Tess

    The fear of Atiku’s defection to another party is the beginning of wisdom.

    • Eluba Inas

      Poor comprehension, right? The case was about Intel sturbornness not to follow TSA policy. Check and see who bent and offered an apology.

  • JasV

    Best practice when you terminate a contract is to throw it open for a bid except if you were keeping it in stock for the previous contractor.

  • thusspokez

    The maritime agency is however awaiting clearance from the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for possible restoration of the contract seized from the logistics firm.

    Seeking clearance from the crooked AGF? One can almost predict the outcome.

    • Suleiman Alatise

      Predict it for us.

  • Yusufu Abdullahi

    “Sir, the crux of the disagreement between the Authority and Messrs INTELS Nigeria Limited relates to the compliance with TSA policy of the Federal Government, which by the letter from the company is now resolved. There is currently no dispute between the parties on the basis of Service Boats Agreement.”

    AGF position has been on the principles of the Constitution of a private sector to collect public revenue. This agreement was entered into in June1997 including training of NPA staff to take over the collection of service boats fees etc. Late President YarAdua called for the termination of the agreement in 2008 and then fired the Federal Minister of Transportation. The current agreement which NPA is asking the AGF to give “legal advice” which he had done and was crystal clear was entered in 2010 after the death of President YarAdua. The agreement revoked by President YarAdua had 15% Commission in 2008 while the other one recommended for revocation by AGF had 28% Commission. What happens between 2008 and 2010

    Nigerians, your late President YarAdua revoke a contract that was earning 15% Commission in 2008 and had reason of doing so and the same contract renewed after his death was renewed with 28% Commission we should all question the rationale because it is Federation Account money.

  • share Idea

    APC government after initial gra-gra did not achieve anything – cause the action did not deter Atiku from leaving APC.

    • amusbay

      The Intel that know and feel the consequence of FG action has written an apology letter and read to comply with Govt directive.

    • Eluba Inas

      It wasn’t about Atiku, but Intel’s gra-gra not to follow government directives. Now their pocket is bearing the brunt they are willing to comply. Wonders!

    • FineBoy

      Thinking with your Anus?

      • share Idea

        Your comment reflects your personality. Nigeria we hail thee

        • FineBoy

          Same with your comments.

    • Julius

      What do you mean they did not achieve anything ? Did you read the news at all or you don’t understand it ?

    • Suleiman Alatise

      I don’t believe you understand the issue.

  • Usher- Join The Revolution

    Mehn! this lady is damn pretty.

    • Julius

      lolz, Yes !!

    • FineBoy

      Ashewo

      • Emeka

        Why must you call him ashewo? He praised God’s creativity, and must be commended, and not ridiculed! You do not act as your name “fineboy” implies. Could it be you called him “ashewo” in a jocularly manner?

        • FineBoy

          Looking at somebody’s wife to lust is what led David to kill Uriah.

          • Suleiman Alatise

            She’s not married.

          • FineBoy

            Who lied to you?

  • Julius

    Well done and I hope Intel also paid the FGN if there is money owed !. Now back to the moron abusing Buhari and the government by saying the whole issue was about Atiku running for the president…what y’all got to say now ?

  • Darlington

    Who is afraid of Atiku?

    • Suleiman Alatise

      How do you mean?

  • Akiika

    What ridiculous and illogical comment some folks made here, fear of Atiku for what? Atiku’s company wasn’t playing by the rules, his contract was revoked. Shouldn’t you be happy that the government is trying to bring some normalcy to the system? Would you have even heard anything about this from the previous “jegudu jera” GEJ Government? Intel has been fleecing money from the nation for such a long time that they got used to it. Can you guys ever reason rationally, why are we this messed up because of petty politics and bias? You are so desensitized to abnormality and illegality, but quick to blame everything on the government. Is the Government responsible for your ignorance and stupidity?
    I think the contract should be thrown into open bidding and Intel should blacklisted for their “jaguda” antecedent.

    • Maruf Adebayo

      Thank you

  • wode

    Firmness and fairness are what NPA/FGN is demonstrating. Everybody just have to adhere to the rule/law. No sentiment. If the arrogance of the INTELS’ management, ab initio, was to be considered, the reversal of the contract cancellation shouldn’t have been under consideration at all.

  • Sir Louis

    This development is good for all the parties most especially the several thousand Nigerian workers and their families.

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