Buhari sacks NIMASA DG, Akpobolokemi ... Dissolves Governing Boards of Federal parastatals, agencies, institutions

Dr Ziakede Akpobolokemi

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday sacked Dr Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi as the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria's apex maritime regulatory agency, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, who announced the termination of Akpobolokemi's appointment in a statement made available to journalists, however, did not give reason for the decision, which, according to him, took immediate effect.

"Akpobolokemi is to hand over the management of NIMASA and all government property in his possession to the most senior officer in the agency who will remain in charge until a new Director-General is appointed," according to the statement.

Appointed on December 28, 2010, for an initial four-year tenure by then President Goodluck Jonathan, that same administration had confirmed Akpobolokemi for another four-year tenure last year, even before the expiration of the first tenure.

Until his appointment then as NIMASA Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, Akpobolokemi was a lecturer at the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, South-South Nigeria.

Acting on the President's directives, and going by the NIMASA organogram, Akpobolokemi is expected to handover to the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mr Baba Haruna Jauro, who is the ranking personnel after the Director-General.

In a related development, the President has approved the dissolution of the Governing Boards of Federal parastatals, agencies and institutions.
He directed that all matters requiring the attention of the boards in the affected institutions should be referred to him through the Permanent Secretaries pending the reconstitution of the Boards.
"Until the boards are reconstituted, Chief Executive Officers of the affected parastatals, agencies and institutions are to refer all matters requiring the attention of their boards to the President, through the Permanent Secretaries of their supervising ministries.

"While the dissolution does not affect Federal Executive Bodies listed in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it covers administrative or technical committees and other similar organs established by the now dissolved boards,” a statement by Adesina read.