The Executive Director Operations of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Shehu Ahmed is critically ill and has been away from the office for many months.
Ahmed, a retired Deputy Director at the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), was recalled from retirement in March 2020 and appointed as NIMASA Executive Director Operation at the same Bashir Jamoh was appointed the Director General of the agency by former President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ahmed’s appointment was influenced by late Abba Kyari, who until his death on April 17, 2020, was Buhari’s Chief of Staff.
Usually reliable sources at NIMASA informed SHIPS & PORTS that Ahmed had to travel abroad for treatment.
“The man should be in his late 60s or early 70s. He has not been in the office for a very long time. I don’t remember seeing him in the past six months. You don’t see him even at NIMASA public events,” one of the sources told SHIPS & PORTS.
Another source said while Ahmed has returned to the country, he has not resumed work.
When contacted to speak on the development, NIMASA spokesman, Osagie Edward promised to get back to SHIPS & PORTS but had yet to do so as at the time of filing this report.
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