The Federal Government has directed the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to terminate the boats pilotage monitoring and supervision contract it has with Intels Nigeria Limited.
Intels is owned by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Gabriel Volpi, an Italian national, who also has Nigerian citizenship.
According to reports, the government said the contract was unconstitutional.
Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), in a letter to the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman, said the agreement, which has allowed Intels to receive revenue on behalf of NPA for 17 years, violates the Nigerian Constitution.
He said this was especially in view of the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy of government.
Malami stated that the agreement violates Sections 80(1) and 162(1) and (10) of the constitution, and wondered that the parties – NPA and Intels – did not avert their minds to the relevant provisions when they were negotiating the agreement in 2010.