Despite the denial by the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi that Dr Dakuku Peterside has been replaced as the Director- General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh on Tuesday took over as head of the agency.
Dakuku who was appointed as the DG of NIMASA on March 10, 2016, has completed its term which was not renewed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Amaechi had claimed ignorant of his replacement, saying as the Minister of Transportation, he should know about it.
But on Tuesday Dakuku formerly handed over to Jamoh in Lagos. Jamoh until his appointment was the Executive Director, Finance and Administration at NIMASA.
Jamoh speaking at the handover over ceremony praised Dakuku for his resilience, team spirit and vision that made NIMASA a leading maritime light on the African continent.
He assured that whatever Dakuku was leaving behind in NIMASA would be built upon and the agency made even better for the staff, external stakeholders and Nigerians in general.
According to him, “Government is a continuum and we shall hit the ground running immediately; we shall study Peterside’s handover note diligently to ensure continuity of leadership for the sector.
“We shall also listen and engage more deeply and frequently with all our stakeholders both internal and external and we will find time to address issues and make projections soon,” he said.
On his part, Peterside said he was doing so with the greatest sense of fulfillment.
“I thank God that after four years I am biding you all farewell hale and hearty, and I equally thank the President of Nigeria for the rare opportunity to serve this organisation,” he said.
Peterside noted that when he got on the saddle on March 10, 2016, NIMASA was at its lowest ebb.
He said that history and posterity would judge the actions of his team to know if they delivered on their mandate.
Peterside pointed out that Jamoh values institutional knowledge, always delivers on any assignment and he had not for one day had any regret counting on him.
He urged the staff not to relent in their job and to extend their support to Jamoh.