President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the National Auditor of the All Progressives Congress (APC) George Muoghalu as the new Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA)
Muoghalu’s appointment is coming one month after President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed the immediate past NIWA MD, Sen. Olorunibe Mamora a Minister of State, Health.
Muoghalu is also the fourth MD that NIWA is having in the past seven years.
Between year 2013 and now, the agency has had Mrs Mariam Ciroma, Boss Mustapha, and Sen. Olorunibe Mamora as substantive Chief Executive Officer, while Barr Danladi Ibrahim, a senior director in the agency has always acted as Acting MD.
When he was contacted by DAILY TREND NEWS to confirm the appointment, National Spokesman for NIWA, Mr. Tayo Fadile said NIWA is yet to be informed officially about the appointment and that until then, it is mere speculation.
According to him, appointment of such magnitude are usually communicated down to the agency by the Minister of Transportation through his press secretary.
He however assured that in the next few days, more facts would have surfaced to clarify the through picture.
Meanwhile, a civil society organization, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of Chief George Muoghalu.
The Chairman of CLO, Anambra Chapter, Mr. Vincent Ezekwueme lauded the President, while speaking in Enugu, saying the appointment would decisively impact, on a quick turn-around of the fortunes of the Onitsha River Port.
“This is the best independence gift to the people of South-East by the president”, Ezekwueme said, even as he appealed to the president to extend a similar political appointments to the family of former Senate President, Dr Chuba Okadigbo, a 2003 presidential running mate.
“It is clear that Buhari has provided the opportunity towards resuscitation of moribund Onitsha River Port.
“Muoghalu as a moralist, honest and servant leader must live up to the expectations of the President and Nigerians by being selfless and bearing social wellbeing of the citizenry.
“Especially as it concerns rehabilitating decrepit and deplorable Onitsha River Port to boost economic activities in the South-East as well as give them a sense of belonging.
“This indeed is a welcomed development and cheering news to the people of South-East and Nigerians,” he said.