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Buhari sacks NIMASA boss, dissolves boards of parastatals

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the dismissal of Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi, the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, made this known on Thursday through a statement.

Adesina did not give reasons for the decision which he said took immediate effect.

He said Akpobolokemi would hand over the management of NIMASA and all government property in his possession to the most senior officer in the agency who will remain in charge until a new Director-General is appointed.

Akpbolokemi was appointed NIMASA DG in December 2010 by then President GoodlucK Jonathan. He was until his appointment, a lecturer at the Niger Delta University on Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State. He was re-appointed for a second and final tenure of four years in December 23, 2014 by Jonathan.

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Adesina also announced the dissolution of boards of federal parastatals and agencies and institutions, and that the directive takes effect from Thursday.

Adesina said until the boards are reconstituted, Chief Executive Officers of the affected parastatals, agencies and institutions are to refer all matters requiring the attention of their boards to the President through the Permanent Secretaries of their supervising ministries.

He, however, said the dissolution does not affect Federal Executive Bodies listed in the 1999 Constitution. The order covers administrative or technical committees and other similar organs established by the now dissolved boards.

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