President Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday appointed the APC gubernatorial candidate in April.11, 2015 governorship election in River State, Mr. Dakuku Peterside, as the new Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The President made this known through a statement signed by the Director of Public Relations, Yetunde Sonaike, at the Ministry of Transportation in Abuja. Sonaike said the appointment was with immediate effect.
Mr. Dakuku Peterside who holds a Bachelor Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences (B.MLS) in Hematology from Rivers State University of Science and Technology, also has a doctorate degree in Management Science from the University of Port Harcourt and MBA in Business Administration.
Mr. Peterside was the governorship candidate of APC in April 11, 2015 governorship election in Rivers State and also a former member, House of Representative from 2011 to 2015.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is the apex regulatory and promotional maritime agency. The Agency was created from the merger of National Maritime Authority and Joint Maritime Labour Industrial Council (former parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Transport) on the 1st August 2006.
The obligation of regulating the Maritime industry in Nigeria rests on the Agency through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Act. 2007, Merchant Shipping Act. 2007 and Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003.
The former Director General of NIMASA, Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi was arrested with six other persons and are currently facing a 22-count charge filed against them by the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for allegedly diverting a whopping sum of N2,658,957,666 between December 23, 2013 and May 28 2015 from the agency’s account.
NIMASA is under the supervision of the Ministry of Transport, which is headed by Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers State. Mr. Amaechi had earlier claimed that a certain foreign investor (name not mentioned) eloped with the sum of N32 billion under Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
According to him, the money was paid from the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF), which the indigenous ship owners had tasked Amaechi and the Acting Director of NIMASA Director, General Haruna Baba Jauro, to speak about.