There is palpable confusion and ominous suspicion in the Nigerian maritime sector over the news about the removal of Dr Dakuku Peterside as Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
This is because the Transport Minister, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Thursday morning said he was not aware of the appointment of Dr. Bashir Jamoh to replace Dr. Dakuku Peterside as the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Jamoh is the Executive Director, Finance and Administration in NIMASA.
Online news site, The Cable reported on Wednesday that President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Jamoh to replace Dakuku whose tenure expires March 10 next week.
But Amaechi who spoke to AIT News said as the Minister of Transport, he ought to know if Dakuku was removed or not by the President.
Acknowledging that Dakuku’s tenure will soon expire, the Minister argued that even if it is not going to be renewed, the idea of bringing in another person to replace should wait until expiration of the tenure.
According to him, “I am not aware of that. The president has the right to remove him or replace him if he will not renew his appointment. But if his appointment is not going to be renewed it should wait until it expires”
Amaechi said he spoke to Dakuku Wednesday evening when he was having a board meeting.
He told AIT, “ But if it is a sack as you said, If am still the minister of Transport, I am the one who will inform him of his removal”.
Another source also said the Presidency was not aware of the removal of Dakuku Peterside. According to the source, the Special Adviser to the President of Media, Femi Adesina said this morning that the President is not aware of Dakuku’s removal.
Meanwhile, maritime journalists and stakeholders in the sector have expressed suspicion over the authenticity of the news about Peterside’s removal since neither the Ministry of Transportation nor the Presidency has released a press statement confirming the removal.