Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar
By Yemi Akinsuyi
The Federal Government has disclosed plans to develop a new sea port at Ogidigbe in Delta State. The port is expected to be a major hub for government’s gas revolution initiative.
The Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, disclosed this at the inauguration of a new Board for the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in Abuja.
Umar said: “Efforts are equally in progress for the establishment of a port at Ogidigbe, near Escravos, and is expected to be the hub for gas revolution initiative of the federal government”.
The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in November 2012 had stated that the proposed site for the multi-billion dollar gas-based industrial park was being relocated from its main site in Koko, Delta State to Ogidigbe, also in the same state.
However, the Minister tasked the new board to work in line with the performance agreement signed with President Goodluck Jonathan aimed at transforming the sector. He emphasised that the maritime sector has enormous potential capable of transforming the economy.
“As members of the Boards of Directors of the agencies, you are expected to acquaint yourselves with the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) specific to your agencies and assiduously work towards meeting the targets set in the performance agreement,” he said.
The new Board for NPA includes: Chief Tony Anenih (Chairman); Sen. Florence Ita Giwa (Director); Hon. Hamza Dan Mahawi (Director); Sen. Lekan Mustapha (Director); Alhaji Aminu Babba Dan-agundi (Director); Mr. Austin Cosmos Nwaokerie (Director); Musa Nagogo, Rep. of the Ministry of Transport (Director); Habib Abdullahi (Managing Director); Mohammed Saleh (Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services).
Others are: Mr. Olumide Oduntan (Executive Director, Finance and Administration); Mr. David Omonibeke (Executive Director, Marine and Operations) and Mrs. Obiageli Anubi (Secretary/ Legal Adviser).
Members of the Board for NIMASA include: Lt. Col. Agbu Kefas (Rtd) (Chairman); Badamasi Gamawa, Rep Min of Transport (Director), Rep. Min. of Labour and Productivity (Director), Rep. of the Nigerian Navy (Director); Ibrahim Mark (Director), Alhaji Hassan Baba (Director); Alhaji Aliyu Usman (Director); Ziakede Akpobolokemi (Director General); Mr. Baba Haruna (Executive Director, Finance and Administration).
Others are: Mr. Callistus Obi (Executive Director, Cabotage and Labour Services); Capt. Ezekiel Baba Agaba, (Executive Director, Marine Safety and Shipping Development) and Mrs. Rita Chinedu Uruakpa (Secretary and Legal Adviser).