By Innocent Orok
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the appointments of Akutah Pius Ukeyima as the new Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) and Munirudeen Bola Oyebamiji as the Managing Director/CEO of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
According to a statement by the President’s spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale on Wednesday he stated that the appointments are in line with the recommendations of the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola.
He said “Alhaji Munirudeen Bola Oyebamiji is a graduate of Banking and Finance and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Business Administration. He is an Economist with industry experience of more than 28 years before he entered the public service.
” In the public service, he first reversed the downward trajectory of the Osun State Investment Company Limited before serving as the Osun State Commissioner of Finance for eight years”, the statement said.
While the new Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council ( NSC) Mr. Akutah Ukeyima is a graduate of Law and holds a Master’s degree in Public International Law from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He most recently served as the Head of the Central Authority Unit, International Cooperation in Criminal Matters, Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.P
The president spokeman said “President Bola Tinubu tasks the new appointees in this vital sector to faithfully implement the policies and programmes of the Honourable Minister in pursuit of the expeditious and efficient attainment of bolstered revenues and investments as part of the Renewed Hope Agenda’s Blue Economy strategy”
The two new appointments has sealed the hope of Hon. Emmanuel Jime of completing his first four years tenure as the ES/ CEO of the Port Economic Regulator agency. While that of NIWA has also sealed the hope of the immediate past Managing Director , Dr George Moghalu who has completed his first four years tenure and was lobbying for a come back.
Meanwhile, the two new appointments of both agencies in the newly created Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy has created fear on the remaining core and money spinning agencies in the Ministry namely, Nigerian Ports Authority ( NPA) and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency ,(NIMASA).
As well as two others , Maritime Academy of Nigeria, MAN, Oron and the appointment of the Registrar for Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria ( CRFFN). The position of the CRFFN Registrar has been vacant and presently on Acting capacity.