President Mohammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Sen. Adeleke Olurunnimbe Mamora as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
MMS Plus gathered that the appointment which takes immediate effect is strategic especially against the background of the running battle over the control of the Lagos waterways and coastlines between NIWA and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA).
Mamora is also expected to drive the ongoing inland water ways reforms aimed at attracting private sector investors and deepening water transportation patronage as a critical mode of transportation in the multi – modal transport system.
NIWA is a parastatal under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, headed by Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi as the Minister.
Mamora will succeed Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha, who was elevated to the position of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) after holding forth briefly as the substantive Managing Director of NIWA.
But Mamora will be taking over from the Acting Managing Director, Barr. Danladi Ibrahim.
Mamora was born on 16 February 1953. He obtained a B.Sc, Health Sciences, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) University of Ife, Ile-Ife and became a Health Practitioner. He was Medical Director of a Medical Centre (1987 – 1998), and a Company Medical Adviser (1988 – 1992).
Mamora was a National Delegate for the National Republican Convention (NRC) in 1990, and Secretary, Lagos East of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) in 1998. He was elected to the Lagos State House of Assembly in 1999 and was appointed Speaker. He was Chairman of the Conference of Speakers (2000 – 2001).
Mamora was elected to the Senate in April 2003 and reelected in 2007. He was also a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament (2003 – 2006).In 2003 he was appointed chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.
After resuming his seat in the Senate in 2007 he was appointed to committees on Upstream Petroleum Resources, Selection Committee, Health and Federal Character & Inter-Government Affairs.
In a mid-term evaluation of Senators in May 2009, ThisDay noted that he had sponsored bills on Tenure of Office, Surgeon-General of Nigeria and repeal and amendment of the Tobacco Control Act.
He sponsored or co-sponsored motions including one to amend Senate rule 111 to bring it into conformity with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.