By DAPO OLAWUNI
Following the recent appointment of Muhammed Bello-Koko as the substantive Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Government have been urged to jettison the idea of complementing their political party loyalist with positions in a highly professional sector like the maritme.
Until his appointment last week Tuesday, Bello-Koko was formerly, the Executive Director Finace and Administration, then later, Acting Managing Director of NPA after his successor, Hadiza Bala Usman was suspended.
A Naval Achitec and ship surveyor, Mr Green Ekeledo in his reaction to Bello-Koko appointment as NPA MD, congratulated the new helmsman, saying that the ruling party has the right to choose whom they deem fit as CEOs of MDAs
Ekeledo who is a member of Association of Nigerian Seafarers however disagreed with the ruling party extending appointment of party members without appropriate professional background as Executive Directors of organisations and agencies like Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)
NPA and Nigerian Shippers Council.
He said “These are maritme agencies that require professionally qualified mariners as EDs (Executive Directors) because they are the technical engine room of these organisations/agencies”
“They provide technical guidance to the CEOs who may not have professional knowledge of the agency but when both the CEO and the EDs are politically appointed they become two blind men on the wheelhouse”
“It is therefore advisable as a future policy not to appoint EDs as party patronage without recourse to the requisite professional background either as a serving senior officer or a retired professional mariner”
“There are other positions to compensate loyal party members like Board membership where they don’t require professional background”
“Most advanced maritime Nations stick to professionals in such appointments for efficiency and effectiveness” Ekeledo, a former senior official of NIMASA stated.