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Top 5 things Nigerians need to know about Dakuku Peterside

The Federal Government has announced Dr Dakuku Peterside, the Rivers state governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 election, as the new director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). According to a statement by Yetunde Sonaike, the director of public relations in the ministry of transportation, Dakuku’s appointment takes immediate effect.

Below are top 5 things that needs to be known about Dr Peterside in whose hands the nation has entrusted the maritime industry.

1. Respected amongst his people A native of Biriye, Opobo Kingdom, Dakuku Peterside is well respected amongst his people. He holds the title of Amaopusenibo of Opobo, a very prestigious honour bestowed by the Opobo people of Rivers state.
2. Erudite scholar Dakuku attended Okrika Grammer School (OGS), University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, University of Port Harcourt, Georgia State University Atlanta and is also an alumnus of Harvard-Kennedy school, University of Harvard. He earned degrees in medical laboratory sciences (Haematology), business administration (management) and certificates in leadership and project management respectively. He has attended several oil and gas courses globally. The honourable is a member of Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), a fellow of Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria (IMCN) and member, Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences of Nigeria.

3. Renaissance man Many who know Dr Peterside up close, attest that  he is someone that could be classified as a “Renaissance man” for his broad spectrum of knowledge. Outside the confines of the legislative chambers, Dakuku operates as an international resource person on oil and gas matters and a leading leadership/management scholar and speaker. He speaks in conferences around the world and  is respected as an authority in corporate political strategy and business-govt interaction in Nigeria.

4. Charismatic legislator and dedicated servant-leader Dakuku has earned a reputation as a charismatic and disciplined leader, creative and hardworking legislator in the House of Representatives. Peterside, the Amaopusenibo of Opobo kingdom, was elected to represent Andoni/Opobo-Nkoro area in the House of Representatives in 2011. While in the House,  he served as chairman of the strategic petroleum resources (downstream) committee that oversees the management of the key driver of Nigeria’s economy (petroleum industry). Dakuku also served in the House most important committees of anti-corruption, national ethics and values; drugs, narcotics and financial crimes; co-operation and integration in Africa, electoral matters; industry; communications and Works.

Before he was elected to the House of Representatives, he served twice as Rivers state commissioner for works (2007-2011) where he anchored Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s phenomenal transformation of Roads and Infrastructural landscape of Rivers state. He concurrently served on the board of Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority (GPHCDA). Prior to serving as Rivers state commissioner of works, he served as Executive Director of Development and Leadership Institute (DLI) between the year 2005 and 2007, senior special assistant to the governor of Rivers state on works (2003-2005), and as Chairman Opobo-Nkoro LGA (2002-2003). While serving as LGA chairman, he was declared the most outstanding chairman by the then state governor of Rivers state. He previously served as special assistant to Rivers state governor on youth and student affairs and concurrently as a member of board, Centre for Black and African arts and civilisation (CBAAC), a federal government arts and research establishment.

5. Happily married husband and dedicated father Dr Dakuku is happily married to Elima, a lawyer and their marriage has so far been blessed with three children namely: Soba, Belema and Miebi. He is also a committed Christian who believes that “his relationship with Jesus Christ is what gives meaning to life”.
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