NPA Workers Finger Bello-Koko Of Sitting On Their Housing Grants

Senior Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) employees have alleged Managing Director Mohammed Bello-Koko of refusing to give them the housing allowances approved by the Authority’s Board of Directors.

According to documents provided to SHIPS & PORTS by a few of the disgruntled employees, the NPA Board approved a housing grant of one year’s total annual gross compensation “for employees that have served meritoriously for 30 years and above” at its meeting on July 15, 2021, held at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The then-Board Secretary/Legal Adviser, I.G. Umar, officially informed the NPA Managing Director of the Board resolution in a departmental document with reference number HQ/SEC/B/OP/B.11/216 and a date of July 16, 2021.

Additionally, the Board raised the end-of-year incentive for the employees from 5% to 7.5% of their total yearly gross compensation, including the furniture allowance. This is in addition to approving aid for the surviving family members of dead workers. Among other perks, the burial assistance includes transportation of the body and registered family members at ₦ 250,000 for distances under 300 km and ₦ 500,000 for distances over 300 km.

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Mohammed Bello-Koko, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority

According to several of the employees who spoke on the record under the condition of anonymity to Parallel Facts, the NPA Managing Director is disobeying the Board resolution regarding the housing grant by withholding its distribution to eligible employees.

“I have served for almost 34 years. I will be due for retirement next year yet the management has refused to pay my housing grant. Some of my colleagues that retired last year and this year have not been paid. It is very unfair how the present executive management team has been treating us,” one of the workers, who did not want his identity revealed over fear of victimisation by the NPA management, told SHIPS & PORTS

Another worker, who also spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of victimisation, said the present NPA executive management prefers awarding multi-billion naira contracts and “buying expensive cars for themselves” at the expense of workers’ welfare.

Reporter: Tosin A.