By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja
The tenure of Dakuku Peterside as Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) was not renewed by President Muhammadu Buhari because of his inability to develop indigenous shipping line, failure to curb piracy and armed robbery at sea; and failure to maintain a harmonious relationship with federal lawmakers, thereby losing industry operators’ goodwill.
This is even as the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi denied knowledge of the removal of the NIMASA helmsman.
President Buhari, on Weenesday appointed Dr. Bashir Jamoh as the new Director-General of the agency.
The newly appointed DG was the Executive Director, Finance and Administration at NIMASA.
An official of the Presidency, who disclosed this to SHIPS & PORTS on Wednesday, said Dakuku Peterside was unable to realize the desires of President Muhammadu Buhari to utilize indigenous shipping as a fulcrum of national development and increase the maritime industry’s contribution to employment generation and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The official, who did not want his identity disclosed because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said the President is not satisfied with the academic, rather than pragmatic approach, adopted by Peterside in running the affairs of NIMASA over the past four years.
“It has all been hot air. You hear a lot of grammar with little or no progress. This is not what the Federal Government wants. The President of Nigeria wants to create jobs for seafarers; he wants Nigerian shipping companies to be meaningfully engaged; he wants them to lift Nigeria’s crude oil and to implement the Cabotage Law.
“President Buhari is keen on developing the Nigerian economy and the shipping sector is important in this regard, so we need to have someone who enjoys the goodwill of the maritime industry players and who can propel the industry forward in practical terms,” the official said.
The new NIMASA Director-General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, is highly cerebral and is an author and accomplished maritime administrator, who has served the maritime industry in various capacity. He has also been part of major reforms at NIMASA.
He has over 30 years of public service experience. He had served in the Kaduna State Government before transferring his services to the then National Maritime Authority (NMA) in 1994.
According to NIMASA website, Jamoh holds a Ph.D in Logistics and Transport Management from the University of Port Harcourt, Masters degree in Management from the Korea Maritime and Ocean University in South Korea, an Advanced Diploma in Management from the Bayero University Kano, a Professional Certificate in Materials Management from the Institute of Logistics in the UK and a Diploma in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that he was not formally informed when the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside was removed from office.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday sacked Dakuku and approved the appointment of Bashir Jamoh as the new head of the agency.
Amaechi said this during a live morning show on television on Thursday morning in Abuja said “ Maybe we need to call him (Peterside) this morning to know whether he is in the office but the government does not take an arbitrary decision.
The minister said If he were to be sacked, the minister of transportation would be told to formally intimate the DG of his sack and I am not aware that the president has directed me to intimate anybody of his sack.
Amaechi said: “I am not aware. As of yesterday when I spoke to the DG of NIMASA, he was in the office and they had a board meeting and he was present at the meeting.
“I am not aware that he has been removed. I spoke to him at about 3 pm to 4 pm yesterday and I should know if he has been sacked. If I am the minister of transportation, I should know.
Jamoh is the Executive Director of administration and finance in NIMASA while Peterside’s tenure expires on the 10th of March, 2020.