Anxiety trails absence of new NIWA MD


By Seun Ibiyemi

After some weeks President Muhammadu Buhari appointed the immediate past National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) MD, Sen. Olorunibe Mamora a minister, anxiety has continued to trail the waterway authority over who will be the next boss of the agency.

NIWA is an agency under the Federal Ministry of Transport and its day-to-day operations are driven by a Managing Director/CEO who is assisted by 14 General Managers.

The appointment of Mamora has, however, created a vacuum to be filled by the federal government.

Investigations by Nigerian NewsDirect  on Tuesday revealed that since the exit of Sen. Mamora, the federal government is yet to announce new NIWA boss, and no one has been appointed to run the affairs of the agency.

It will be recalled that General Manager, Legal, Umar was an acting MD before the appointment of Sen. Olorunibe Mamora has Managing Director NIWA

According to a source, a former acting MD and the General Manager, Legal, Umar is not the most senior of the 14 General Managers in the agency.

The source who craved anonymity, said since Umar is not the most senior staff, he cannot assume position of the acting MD.

He, however, said that the authority is waiting for directive from the ministry of transportation for anyone who will act pending the appointment of a substantive MD.

The source explained further that the authority had been on auto-pilot and activities on a standstill since the former MD left last week.

He urged the federal ministry of transportation to save the authority by appointing a acting MD pending when a substantive managing director would be announced.

When contacted, the general manager, Corporate Affairs of NIWA, Tayo Fadile in swift response said the authority has an acting MD by the name Barr Danladi Ibrahim.

He was acting before Mamora was appointed and handed over to the senator and when senator Mamora left, he handed over to Barr.Danladi Ibrahim.

There was no Lacuna and everything is moving on well in Niwa. I don’t know where people came about the idea of leadership crisis that is not true.


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