The Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess Vicky Haastrup yesterday expressed shock at the news of the death of the former Executive Secretary/CEO of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Captain Adamu Biu.
“He was a good man. The maritime industry will miss him,” Haastrup said of the late Master Mariner and maritime administrator.
Biu, who headed the NSC from 2004 to 2012, died in Abuja yesterday morning at the age of 70.
Biu also served as Vice President, Nigerian Association of Master Mariners.
His death was confirmed to SHIPS & PORTS by the President, Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM), Captain Tajudeen Alao.
A former President of NAMM, Capt Adewale Ishola, also expressed sadness over Biu’s death.
He said, “Captain Adamu is a wonderful colleague and professional. I met him 40 years ago and I handed over to him on a ship. He was a gem, a great professional and highly respected in the Ministry of Transportation.
“A master of maritime affairs, Capt Biu is always consulting. He also brought his wealth of experience to the Nigerian Shippers Council as the then Executive Secretary.
“He was former Vice President of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners and he was a shining light for us and a very detribalised man.
“The news of his death is a sad development for us and he will be greatly missed by Master Mariners,” Ishola said.
Born on October 14, 1950, the late Captain Adamu Biu attended Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and the LBS Nautical and Engineering College.
He served as a Master at the defunct Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL) from and at the Africa Ocean Lines in the 1980s.