The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi says he is not aware of the alleged sack of the Director-General (DG) of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, following unconfirmed reports that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Bashir Jamoh as the new DG of the agency.
Amaechi who disclosed this during a morning show on AIT on Thursday, said as a Minister of Transportation, he should know if Dakuku has been sacked or not. 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. I should know if he has been sacked. If I am the minister of transportation, I should know.”
“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. 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. His tenure expires on the 10th of this month. When it expires, you can then approach the president to either reappoint him or replace him. The president has the appointing authority. All the minister has by law is the recommendation authority,” Amaechi said.