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Gov El-Rufai commends Dakuku over NIMASA’s contribution to economy

The Kaduna State Governor,
Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has commended the efforts of the Director-General of
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku
Peterside, to developing the maritime sector and increase its contribution to
the economy.

El-Rufai said Dakuku’s
appointment as Director-General of NIMASA was one of the most skillful and
opportune decisions by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in its
drive to revolutionise the maritime industry. 
He spoke at the weekend in a chat
with journalists at the Kaduna State Government House.
The governor said Dakuku had
brought his wealth of experience and pragmatism to bear on the maritime sector,
occasioning many reforms that have produced significant growth in the industry
within a short period.
According to El-Rufai, “Dr.
Dakuku is a vibrant young man who has brought a lot of reforms to the maritime
industry. This is what you get when you appoint young and knowledgeable people
and this appointment has brought a lot of gains to this administration.”
The governor said with the
length of the Nigerian coastline, the country deserved more benefit from
 He added that, “I know NIMASA, in collaboration with the Nigerian Ports
Authority, headed by my former Chief Of Staff, Hadiza Bala Usman, is doing a
lot to decongest the Apapa ports and we are proud of what they are doing so
far. But we must also look at ways of building new ports to decongest Apapa.”
El-Rufai also commended the
Buhari administration’s first term Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi
Chibuike Amaechi, whom he said had revolutionised the entire transport sector
under difficult circumstances.

 He said Kaduna State was one of the
beneficiaries of Amaechi’s vision, as the Abuja-Kaduna rail line, whose
completion the former Rivers State Governor ensured, was now one of the busiest
rail lines in the country.
He stated that , “I do not recall any
Minister of Transportation that has achieved as much in so little time, under
very difficult circumstances as Hon. Amaechi has done. Kaduna State is one of
the beneficiaries of his effort, because the Abuja-Kaduna rail that started
more than 10 years ago was completed under his tenure.
“It was a single-minded focus
on completing projects of benefit to the country that enabled that, and today,
that train connection is one of the busiest and most patronised in Nigeria. For
the first time Nigerians are seeing the advantage of having a functional rail
system and he was also very influential to the appointments of Hadiza Bala
Usman and Dakuku  Peterside and the
maritime sector is better for those strategic appointments.”
Dakuku was appointed as
Director-General of NIMASA in March 2016. Under his watch, a lot of reforms
have been initiated, including the strategic New Cabotage Compliance Strategy,
which has created more employment for Nigerians in the maritime sector and
significantly grown the maritime sector’s contribution to both the Federation
Account and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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