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Maritime Industry Stakeholders, family, friends honour Rotimi Amaechi

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When maritime stakeholders
gathered on Eko Hotels and Suits at the weekend, alongside some state governors
and significant managers of the economy, they did so in honour of one man, Rt.
Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, the erstwhile Minister of Transportation.

The occasion was completely
dedicated to recognising and appreciating Mr. Amaechi for making significant
impact in the transportation sector, with remarkable contributions to the
nation’s economy.

The event put together by ‘Team
Maritime Nigeria’ with Barrister Margaret Orakwusi, Chairperson , Ship Owners Forum, as head of organizing committee,
aimed to showcase the leadership qualities put to action by Amaechi, who many
described as ‘precisely bold’ on result-oriented decisions.       
Speaking on how Amaechi was
able to restructure the transportation system for obvious results in service
delivery and revenue for the economy, Orakwusi said the industry remained
grateful to Amaechi for a robust engagement with the private sector alongside all
efforts to ensure more ease in trade procedures.
She said: “We have found a
leader, Mr. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi. He came into our maritime and
transportation industry, reshaped it and spread his wings over it like an
eagle. He hit the ground running, as is popularly said. He engaged the private
sector. He brought us together and we worked together for a brilliant result. We
are honouring him today and celebrating excellence in service to our country
through his stewardship in the transportation and maritime sector.
“Rt. Hon. Amaechi transformed
the maritime and transportation world in the country like no other before him
and left in his wake, a benchmark by which all subsequent ministers will now be
And this is
a unique occasion, the very first time a minister will be so honoured by his
own. ‘Team Maritime’ is our own Oscars.
“The stakeholders came together
and formed an association called ‘Team Maritime’ to celebrate excellence in the
industry. And Rotimi  Amaechi has
contributed immensely to the growth and modernisation of our industry. We saw
him performing his duties with passion, doing everything possible to answer the
call to duty and in record time. Our sleeping railway system woke up under his watch,
and service started on the Abuja-Kaduna route.”
Heads of Parastals under the Transportation
Ministry, who took turns to give compliments to the celebrant, extolled his quality
of good judgment, even as he was acknowledged as a good manager of people and
material resources, who trusts his staff to deliver quality at its best.
Speaking, Dr. Dakuku Peterside,
the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA) described Amaechi as a benevolent and trusted leader who worked with a
purpose and a greater national interest at heart, and specifically recognising
his efforts at ensuring a more vibrant maritime sector.
The Managing Director, Nigerian
Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman praised Amaechi for believing in
gender equality  and with a broader view
of recognising capacity  for getting the
job done excellently, without undue biases.
“He led the transportation
ministry in such a dynamic way that enabled all the agencies to define the
part. He provides the leadership that is required to guide us and I will like
to commend him for what he has been able to do within the period,” the NPA MD
On his part, the Executive
Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Mr. Hassan Bello, also appreciated Amaechi
for being benevolent, yet a focused leader who ensured that you got your
assignment well done.
Also present were Senator
Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority
(NIWA), the Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Rtd. Commodore Emma
Effedua, and the Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Engr.
Fidet Okhiria.
The event, which was chaired by
Mr. Jim Ovia, the Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank, had Vice President
Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented, and other distinguished personalities
including Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, and the Governor of Edo State,
Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and Senator Orji Uzoh Kalu amongst others.
The shipping sub-sector was
well represented with personalities including Shipping Mogul, Engr. Greg
Ogbeifun, Alhaji Aminu Umar,Dr. MkGeorge Oyung. Also in attendance were Engr. Olu Akinsoji, a former Sole Administrator of MAN, Oron, Princess Vicky Haastrup, the Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association (STOAN),
Barrister Jean Chiazor Anishere, Barrister Mfon Usoro, Ms Funmi Folorunso, and Otunba Kunle Folarin, Chairman of Nigeria Ports Consultative Council. 
Amaechi, ably supported by his
wife, Dame Judith Amaechi, and his kinsmen, also had in his support an array of
friends who graced the occasion in his honour.  
He expressed gratitude for the
opportunity to serve as minister of transportation, even as he recognised the
commitment of his staff and heads of Parastals to their duties.
High point of the event was the
unveiling of a book “Celebrating Amaechi.”

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