Dakuku Adol Peterside is a Nigerian politician. He was formerly the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency since March 2016.[3][4][5] Prior to his role at NIMASA, he was a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives.

Dakuku Peterside
Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
In office
10 March 2016 – 4 March 2020
Preceded byZaikede Patrick Akpobolokemi[1]
Succeeded byBashir Jamo
Member of the House of Representatives of Nigeria[2]
In office
Rivers State Commissioner of Works
In office
GovernorRotimi Amaechi
Preceded byJulius Orumbo
Succeeded byVictor Giadom
Executive Director of Development and Leadership Institute (DLI)
In office
Senior Special Assistant to Governor of Rivers State on Works
In office
Chairman Opobo-Nkoro Local Government Area
In office
GovernorPeter Odili
Personal details
BornBiriye, Opobo Kingdom, Rivers State, Nigeria
Political partyAll Progressive Congress (APC)
SpouseElima Dakuku
ChildrenSoba, Belema and Miebi
ResidencePort Harcourt / Lagos
Alma materRivers State University
University of Port Harcourt

Early life and education edit

Peterside was born in Biriye, Kingdom of Opobo, and grew up in Azumini, Aba in present-day Abia State, and in Kaduna and Port Harcourt at various times.

Having graduated from Okrika Grammar School in 1986/87, he went to Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) in Port Harcourt, where he studied medical laboratory sciences, specializing in haematology and blood transfusion. He was elected National President, National Union of Rivers State Students in January 1992. He was also editor of the student paper Kampuswatch. Peterside returned to RSUST and earned a master's degree in Management. He got his doctoral degree from the University of Port Harcourt.[6]

Peterside is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management, a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria, and a member of the Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences of Nigeria.

Political career edit

When he graduated from RSUST, he joined public service. He was first appointed Special Assistant to Governor of Rivers State Peter Odili on Student and Youth Affairs in August 1999 at the age of 29.[7]

Peterside was elected to the House of Representatives in 2011, and served between May 2011 and May 2015 as chairman, House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream)[8] where he had the privilege to oversight strategic National Oil and Gas establishments such as Petroleum Equalisation Fund, Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, Pipelines and Products Marketing Company. He co-over sighted Petroleum Technology Development Fund.[9] He led other legislators to sponsor and champion the Petroleum Industry Bill as chairman of the technical Committee of the House of Representatives. He presented a total of 36 scholar papers in five countries on the reform of Oil and Gas industry and government institutions in developing countries.

Before serving as commissioner of Works, Peterside had served as Executive Director, Development and Leadership Institute 2003–2007, Senior Special Assistant to Governor of Rivers State on works (2003–2005), chairman, Opobo–Nkoro LGA (2002–2003), Special Assistant to Governor of Rivers State on Youths and Student Affairs (1999–2002). He also served concurrently on the Board of Centre for Black and African Arts and Culture.[10]

He served as Rivers State Commissioner of Works from October 2007 to January 2011. As Commissioner of works, he managed the largest construction portfolio ever in the history of state government's construction, supervising a total of 200 road projects (totaling 1,000 km), 5 flyover bridges, and 10 bridges in four years.

In March 2020, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari replaced Peterside with Bashir Y. Jamoh as Director-General of NIMASA.[11]

Awards and honours edit

  • NIMASA awarded as the Public Organisation of the year 2016 Awards by Tell Magazine[12][13]
  • Peterside received the award of excellence in public life as "Student-friendly" by Uniport Students Union Government in 2011[14]
  • In 2019, he received the Maritime Living Legend award from Maritime Media Limited for his contributions to Nigeria's maritime sector.[15]

Personal life edit

Peterside is married to Elima Dakuku Peterside, a lawyer and with three children, Soba, Belema and Miebi.[16]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Former DG Akpobolokemi Forged Private Company's Identity To Steal N754m From NIMASA, Witness Tells Court | Sahara Reporters". Sahara Reporters. SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  2. ^ Nwaorgu Faustinus. "Nigeria Articles – Hon. Dakuku Peterside: The House of Representative Candidate and His Political Movement". articles.onlinenigeria.com. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Executive Management | Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)". nimasa.gov.ng. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Biography/Profile/History Of Newly Appointed Nimasa DG Dakuku Peterside – Daily Media Nigeria". dailymedia.com.ng. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  5. ^ "IMO: AAMA Chairman, Dakuku Peterside Meets African Representatives – GLOBAL VILLAGE EXTRA". globalvillageextra.com. t. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  6. ^ "FG appoints Dakuku Peterside as DG NIMASA – Vanguard News". Vanguard News. ADEKUNLE. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Dakuku Peterside: Celebrating a Wonderful Leader". Vanguard News. 30 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Knocks As FG Appoints Amaechi's Man; Dakuku Peterside As DG NIMASA 1 ...Stakeholders say; he was appointed to come and make his own money, it is a setback for the maritime industry". ShippingPosition Online. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Dakuku, Wabote align to boosts local content in the Marine Sector". Ships & Ports. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Biography/Profile/History Of Newly Appointed Nimasa DG Dakuku Peterside – Daily Media Nigeria". dailymedia.com.ng. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Why Buhari sacked Dakuku as NIMASA Director-General — Official". Ships & Ports. 5 March 2020.
  12. ^ "NIMASA wins public organisation of the year award – Vanguard News". Vanguard News. 18 June 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  13. ^ "NIMASA Clinches TELL Awards". THISDAYLIVE. Solomon Elusoji. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Uniport SUG Honours Dakuku Peterside "He is student-friendly" – President". TheNigerianVoice.com. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Peterside bags maritime award, challenges media on constructive reporting". Vanguard Newspaper. 5 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Profile of Dakuku Peterside". Time Nigeria Magazine. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2017.