I didn’t plot Garba’s removal from NPA board, says Bala-Usman

Whatsapp News

The suspended Nigerian Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, yesterday denied plotting the removal of Senator Binta Garba from the agency’ board.

In a statement yesterday, Ms Usman said Senator Garba made spurious and unproved allegations.

The statement also claimed Senator Garba also “gave herself away as coming the board of the NPA lend herself the agency of destabilisation rather contribute to its development”.

“As say with all emphasis that her allegations of resistant inquiries on the finances of the NPA are false, bold say that authority has since 2016, openly exhibited its readiness be held scrutiny by taking the following steps: Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with BUdgit Open Budget and Implementation of a Data Dissemination programme and publishing the tariff regime of the authority on the website for the whole world to see in line with the vision of transparency and accountability,” the suspended managing director said.

Other steps, according to her, are: “conducting the statutory audit of the backlog of authority’ financial statements for 2013-2016 and presenting same for approval and submission to the appropriate quarters.

“Engaging international renowned auditing firms for the audit of NPA’ financial statements up until 2019 with full compliance to all Nigerian laws and the International Financial Reporting Standards. The 2020 financial statement is currently being audited.”

“The Bala Usman added: “There are a few questions to ask the senator: When the auditors presented the financial statement to the finance committee of which she was a member, did she seek clarifications on areas that seemed opaque or suspicious? If she did what happened? If she was not satisfied with the answers provided by the auditors, why did she not consider withholding assent to the statement? Why did she not formally document her discontent? Why did she not issue a minority opinion on the statement, instead of now speaking after the fact?

“All said and done, while concede to Senator Binta Garba’s right to whatever opinion she desires concerning our relationship when she was a board member, remind her that those who allow themselves to be used to malign innocent people have their own days of reckoning waiting for them.”