Asita Okorie, Victor Ochei bag top appointments in NIMASA
Tobi Johnson |
Asita Okorie, the 2015 All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy governorship candidate in Rivers state has been appointed as the new Board Chairman, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) by President Muhammadu Buhari. He takes over from Maj. Gen. Jonathan India Garba (Rtd).
Okorie’s appointment which came at the heels of the replacement of Dakuku Peterside with Bashir Jamoh as NIMASA’s new Director-General has been regarded as master stroke by the Buhari Administration to douse rising tension in the media over the claim that Buhari was ‘Fulanizing’ the Maritime agencies.
Dakuku had expected to secure the renewal of his appointment perhaps because Barrister Hassan Bello, Director-General, Shippers’ Council, also a Fulani, had his appointment renewed,
However, in what analysts call murky politicking, have criticized the appointment of Asite Okorie who was allegedly indicted in the murder of a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member corps member killed at Akinima community in Ahoada West Local Government during the March 19, 2016 rerun legislative election in Rivers state.
The Justice Monima Danagogo Commission of Inquiry into the violence and killings that characterized the rerun elections had recommended the prosecution of Asita Okorie.
New appointee, Mr. Victor Ochei, a former speaker of the fifth Delta State House of Assembly also added pep to the team at NIMASA as Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services. He replaced Gambo Ahmed who was sacked alongside Mr Rotimi Fasakin, by President Buhari. Ochei is at home with grassroots politics, he is a trained engineer, a lawyer, a financial management practitioner, and an education administrator.
A maritime stakeholder speaking under condition of anonymity noted that the appointment of Asita Okorie is a face-saver for Hon Rotimi Amaechi, whom stakeholders believe have lost significance in the tussle against the power-brokers of the North which saw the emergence of a more qualified professional and a progressive tink-tank in the person of Bashir Jamoh.