By Stephen Ubanna
Nasir El-Rufai, a former minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and now governor of Kaduna state, on the ticket of all Progressive Congress, APC, is a power broker in the present President Muhammadu Buhari Administration.
He may have become much interested in the nation’s maritime sector with the appointment of Hajia Hadiza Bala Usman, his former Chief of Staff, as the managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority , NPA. The appointment of Hajia Usman may have exposed him to the activities and changes that had been brought about in the nation’s transport sector by Rotimi Amaechi , a former minister of Transportation and those appointed to run the various agencies of the ministry , particular, Dakuku Peterside, the Director General, Nigerian Mariime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.
Peterside may have further endeared himself to the APC power broker with the recent presentation of food and other gift items to flood victims in the state, forcing the governor to appeal to other government agencies and Organisations to take a cue from NIMASA by performing their Corporate social responsibilities to the society.
The Value News learnt that ever since the Kaduna state governor came into contact with Amaechi and the NIMASA Director General, he has come to appreciate their contribution and had used every opportunity to shower praises on them for their transformation of the nation’s Transportation and maritime sector respectively which had further endeared them to the President.
Political watchers see El-Rufai as a spoiler who could influence the Katsina state born Nigeria President to do anything. His consistent drumming of the good works of
He has never failed to commend the NIMASA boss over his efforts in the last three and half years to ”develop the nation’s maritime sector and increase its contribution to the growth of the nation’s economy”. The governor, who could not hide his feelings, had said that ‘Perside’s appointment to oversee the affairs of the nation’s apex maritime Regulatory agency was ”one of the skilful and opportune decisions to be taken by the President in his first term in office in his drive to revolutionalise the sector to contribute more meaningfully to the economy”.
The Kaduna state governor who was , described by former President Obasanjo as ”small but mighty in action”, in one of his books may have unbarred his mind about the NIMASA Director General last weekend at the Kaduna state government House in a Chart with Journalists.
According to him, ” the Rivers state born politician and Administrator, has brought his ”wealth of experience and pragmatism to bear on the agency, and the nation’s maritime sector in general”, leading to the various reforms being witnessed in the sector and the recognition of Nigeria as a major player in International maritime circles. ” This is what you get when you appoint young and knowledgeable people ”, noting that Peterside’s appointment has brought a ”lot of gains to the Buhari Administration”.
The Kaduna state
”it was a single-minded focus on completing projects abandoned by past Administrations that are beneficial to the country that had enabled what people are seeing today: train connection, which is one of the most
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