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The House of Representatives has started investigations into the termination of the contract between Integrated Logistics Services (Intels) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

During Wednesday's plenary, the House of Representatives asked NPA and the AGF to reverse the decision and resolved to investigate the circumstances around the contract termination.

But INTELS' Spokesperson, Bolaji Akinola, alleged that the management of NPA deliberately frustrated attempts to address the issues raised by the introduction of the TSA in the execution of its pilotage agency agreement.

The NPA boss told newsmen on Monday in Lagos that the contract was terminated on the advice of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami.

Hassan Saleh, another PDP lawmaker from Benue State, said it was curious that the authorities did not request for a renegotiation of the contract terms, rather than an outright termination.

His motion read partly, "The House notes that Intels secured foreign loans to finance the construction and operation of the Apapa, Warri and Port Harcourt port terminals".

Samuel Arabo, also of PDP, from Kaduna State, said there was more than meets the eye in the decision to terminate the contract.

Duoye, raising the motion, had said the House needed to ascertain if the termination of the contract constituted a breach of law.

But Speaker Yakubu Dogara responded by saying there is nowhere in the world that monopoly is an offence, saying "some businesses are better carried out in a monopolistic environment".

To ensure the safety of ships' passage within Nigeria's seaports, the NPA, through INTELS as its agent, provides pilotage services to guide ships into and out of the ports.

But opposing the motion, Rep Rotimi Agunsoye (APC, Lagos) said the House should leave the matter for the judiciary to decide, calling on Intels to go to court.

Agunsoye stated, "We have no business attending to this motion". Why should only one company monopolise such services in Nigeria?

"If they have any problem with government they should go to court".

"We are aware that Intels Nigeria Limited has under its employment over 5,000 direct employees and over 6,000 indirect employees bringing the number of employees to over 11,000".

"Most of these employees are Nigerians with families and responsibilities".

"As organised labour, our utmost concern is the job security and welfare of our members in INTELS Nigeria Limited", he said.



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