WAS IT ‘FAKE NEWS’ OR DUPLICITY in governance by Buhari’s government, that Dakuku Peterside, Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, was sacked by the president, and the Minister supervising that government agency was not aware of it?
That was the impression, Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s Minister of Transport gave during Thursday edition of Kakaki, interview programme of African Independent Television, while responding to questions from his interviewers, monitored by Business & Tourism Times, Lagos. NIMASA is agency of government under the Ministry of Transport.
On Wednesday, the media overflowed with reports of Dakuku Peterside’s removal as NIMASA DG by the president, and replaced by Bashir Jamoh. Peterside’s four years tenure as NIMASA boss expires, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, according Amaechi.
Amaechi said: “As the Minister of Transportation, I should know, the government does not take unilateral decisions. If he were to be sacked, I should have been intimated of his sack, but I am not aware. Although his tenure expires on Tuesday.”
“Until his tenure expires, that is when you can approach Mr President either to re-appoint or replace him. By law, the President has appointment authority, while the minister has the recommendation authority.”
On whether the sack was connected with National Assembly’s probe of NIMASA’s failure to Audit its Account for the past six years, Amaechi said: “I am not aware of that”. And added: “You said six years, he came into office in 2016, and that means he has been DG for four years. You cannot be punishing him for the offence committed by past DGs.
“I don’t think the news is right, I feel its mere speculation. They should wait until next Tuesday. As I said, the President has the authority to appoint whoever he wants to appoint, and if he wants to extend his tenure he can do so”, Amaechi further stated.
On reported refusal of Peterside to respond to summons by the National Assembly, Amaechi said: “I don’t supervise whether he, Peterside, attends summons or not. I do attend National Assembly summons, and I will be surprised if Peterside does not respond to the summons because he was once in House of Representatives.”