Honourable Rotimi Ameachi, the Minister of Transportation, has said he is not aware of the removal of Dakuku Peterside as the Director-General (DG) of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
There was a report milling around town that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the appointment of Bashir Jamoh as the new DG of the agency.
Jamoh is the executive director of administration and finance in NIMASA.
Peterside’s tenure expires on the 10th of March, 2020.
“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,” Ameachi said.