President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the immediate past Chairman of the ruling PDP, as Ambassador-at-Large.
The appointment was announced in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja on Monday. According to the statement, Tukur will perform special duties assigned by the president in that capacity.
Tukur served as the General Manager and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Ports’ Authority from 1975 to 1982 and Governor of the then Gongola State in 1983. He served as Minister for Industries between 1994 and 1995; he also served as vice chairman, International Ports and Harbours Association; chairman, International Cargo Handling Association; and chairman, Governing Council of Institute of Business Development.
Until his new appointment, the 78-year-old was chairman, board of directors of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, a position he assumed since January after he resigned as PDP chairman.[Huhuonline]