The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has exonerated its Director General, Dr Dakuku Peterside from any wrong-doing over his absence at the investigative hearing by the National Assembly joint committee investigating the activities of foreign vessel owners in the country.
In a press statement sent to Platform Reporters on Tuesday and signed by NIMASA Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Isichei Osamgbi, the agency explained that on Tuesday 3rd March 2020, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA Dr. Dakuku Peterside led other Management staff of the Agency to receive members of the House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration who were on oversight visit to the Agency in Lagos.
This according to NIMASA was the reason the DG could not personally be in Abuja to honor the invitation by the National Assembly joint committee investigating activities of foreign vessel owners in the country.
“It is noteworthy that due to the clash of both schedules, NIMASA Management communicated same to the National Assembly joint committee investigating activities of foreign vessel owners in the country requesting for a change of date.
“However, a member of the Executive Management, the Executive Director Maritime Labour and Cabotage services Mr Gambo Ahmed led the high powered team to represent the Agency.
“NIMASA Management respects the National Assembly and will always respond to invitation from them”, NIMASA stated.
Recall that members of the National Assembly has threatened to sanction the NIMASA DG over what they described as blatant contempt of the legislative arm of government.