President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of a former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Olorunnimbe Mamora, as the Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
A letter signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transportation, Sabiu Zakari, and dated 24th September, 2018, said the appointment was with immediate effect.
Dr. Mamora, who represented Lagos East district in the Senate from 2003 to 2011, was Deputy Director General of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation during the 2015 election.
At the beginning of 2018, Mamora turned down Buhari’s appointment as Chairman of the Abuja Investment and Infrastructure Centre (AIIC).
During the inauguration of the board, a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2016 Ondo State governorship election, Mrs. Jumoke Ajasin-Anifowoshe, was named the chairman.
Ajasin-Anifowose, daughter of the first Governor of the old Ondo State, Adekunle Ajasin, was sworn in by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Muhammad Bello.
Mamora, had then, met with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and expressed his displeasure with the appointment.
Informed sources said he felt the appointment, which is the equivalent of a state parastatal, was not befitting and argued that people who never participated in the process that brought Buhari to power were occupying the front seats of government.
Earlier in 2016, Mamora was reportedly pencilled down to be the Chairman of the Board of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in 2016 but was edged out by some powerful forces.
Also in 2016, the former speaker was nominated as an Ambassador but his name was withdrawn for undisclosed reasons.