Presidency can’t sack, appoint NIMASA DG without informing me --Amaechi


Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has washed his hands off the removal of Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside. He even said that a NIMASA DG could not be removed or appointed without him (Amaechi) being in the know.

Recall that, on Wednesday evening, several reports stated that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Bashir Jamoh as the new Director-General of NIMASA.

But while speaking during a live television programme on Africa Independent Television (AIT), on Thursday in Abuja, Amaechi said he was not aware of the new appointment and the sacking of Peterside.

Amaechi argued that the tenure of Peterside had yet to expire.

According to the minister, “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.

“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.”

When asked if the alleged sack had anything to do with the National Assembly’s probe of the agency for failing to audit NIMASA’s account for the past six years, the minister replied, “I am not aware of that.

“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.”

Amaechi faulted reports of the removal of Peterside, describing them as speculations.

“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.”

The minister also stated that he would be surprised if Peterside refused to attend summons by the National Assembly, as was reported recently.

He continued, “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.”

Peterside has been at the centre of controversy in recent times.

In February, for instance, NIMASA faced a probe by the House of Representatives for allegedly failing to audit its account for six years.
~The Nigerian Xpress
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