Hadiza Bala Usman: A Trailblazer’s Journey of Resilience and Transformation

Mallam Abdullahi Abba

In the realm of Nigerian politics, few individuals have garnered as much attention and controversy as Hadiza Bala Usman. From her tenure as the Managing Director of the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) to her subsequent appointment as an Adviser on policy coordination by President Tinubu, Usman’s story is one of resilience, determination, and a testament to the complexities of political dynamics.

In this article, we delve into her remarkable journey and explore the underlying factors behind the events that shaped her career.

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The Rise of Hadiza Bala Usman

Hadiza Bala Usman’s ascent in the Nigerian political landscape is a testament to her unwavering commitment and exceptional leadership skills.

Appointed as the Managing Director of the NPA in 2016, she swiftly embarked on a mission to revitalize the nation’s ports, tackle corruption, and implement progressive reforms.

Under her stewardship, the NPA witnessed significant improvements, including enhanced transparency, streamlined operations, and increased revenue generation.

The Sacking by President Buhari and Rotimi Amaechi

In a surprising turn of events, President Buhari, in collaboration with Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of

Transportation, announced the removal of Hadiza Bala Usman from her position as the DG of the NPA. The decision sparked intense debates and raised questions about the motives behind her dismissal.

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While the official reasons cited administrative concerns, many speculated that political rivalries, insubordination, conflicting agendas, or resistance to her reformist approach might have played a role.

The Appointment by President Tinubu

Despite the setback of her removal, Hadiza Bala Usman’s undeniable competence and dedication to public service caught the attention of President Tinubu.

After she have been cleared of fraud by eleven men investigation committee, President Tinubu recognizing her invaluable expertise and potential, he appointed her as his Adviser on policy coordination.

This move not only reinstated Usman into a prominent role but also signified the confidence placed in her ability to contribute to the development and implementation of impactful policies.

The Message of Usman’s Story

Hadiza Bala Usman’s story embodies the complexities of Nigeria’s political landscape, characterized by power struggles, shifting alliances, and competing interests.

Her journey serves as a powerful message to the people, highlighting the need for resilience, perseverance, and an unwavering commitment to public service.

It emphasizes that setbacks can be stepping stones to greater opportunities and that true leadership requires integrity, vision, and the courage to challenge the status quo.


Hadiza Bala Usman’s trajectory from the Nigeria Port Authority to her advisory role under President Tinubu is a testament to her remarkable resilience, determination, and unwavering commitment to public service.

The events surrounding her sacking and subsequent appointment shed light on the intricacies of Nigerian politics, while her story serves as an inspiration to individuals navigating similar challenges.

As the nation moves forward, it is crucial to recognize and support leaders like Usman, who possess the vision and dedication necessary to drive positive change and shape a brighter future for Nigeria.

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Written by Tare Magbei

Tare Magbei is a media practitioner with Daily Report Nigeria.

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