Buhari Returns Ameachi’s Ally, Akin Rickets As NPA Board Chairman, Rejigs Board of Transport Parastatals

…Appoints New Executive Director Finance for NPA

…Olaitan Williams Makes Shippers Council Board

President Muhammadu Buhari has once again appointed an ally of Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Mr Akinwunmi Rickets As the board chairman for the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) even as he appointed a new Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Ms. Adenrele Susana Adeshina.

The President has also approved the re-constitution of members of the Governing Boards of Parastatals under the Ministry Transportation.

In the same vein, a maritime stakeholder and founder of Ocean Ambassadors, Hon Olaitan Williams has been appointed as member of Nigerian Shippers Council.

Mrs Olaitan Williams, Board member, Nigerian Shippers Council

Recall that Mr. Ricketts, a former Commissioner of Information in Cross River State was first appointed by Buhari on March 10, 2020. He was however removed in 2021 due to disagreement between transportation minister, Rotimi Amaechi and the former Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman.

Ricketts’s reappointment was announced in a press release on Wednesday April 6, 2022 signed by Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Transport, Eric Ojiekwe.

The following Parastatals Boards have been approved for reconstitution; Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron (MAN, ORON), National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)

The Board members are as follows;

Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC)

Lawal Sama’ila Abdullahi – Chairman
Rufai Ahmed Akambi – Member
Usen Ekong Udoh – Member
Otunba Oluseyi Oduntan – Member
Violet Oliatan Williams – Member
Mohammed Allamin Kam-Salem – Member
Hon. Emmanuel Lyambee Jime – Executive Secretary/CEO

Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT)

Hon Ejike Njeze – Chairman
Alh. Amuda Seriki – Member
Mr. Muhiydeen Sani Awwal – Member
Mr. Paul Eluhaiwe – Member
Hon. Gbenga Elegbele – Member
Sen. Tutare Abubakar – Member
Dr. Bayaro S. Farah – Director-General/CEO

Maritime Academy of Nigeria, (MAN, ORON)

Rear Adm. Jacob Adekunle Ajani – Chairman
Alh. Abdullah Nurudeen – Member
Larry Odeh – Member
Commodore D. E. Effedua – Rector/CEO

National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA)

Hon. Binta Masi Garba – Chairman
Chibuike Ikenga – Member
Chief (Dr) George N. Moghalu – Managing Director/CEO

Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)

Chief Akinwunmi Ricketts – Chairman
Sen. Ayogu Eze – Member
Ghazali Moh’d – Member
Abdullazeez Nyako – Member
Abdulwahab Adeshina – Member
Mustapha Aminu Dutse – Member
Ms. Adenrele Susana Adeshina – Executive Director, Finance
Mohammed Bello Koko – Managing Director/CE

The inauguration of the Boards by the Minister of Transportation will be conveyed in due course.

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