Jonathan appoints ex-PDP Chairman, Tukur, Ambassador-at-Large

Bamanga Tukur

Mr. Tukur was the Chairman, Board of Directors of the Nigerian Railway Corporation.


President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of Bamanga Tukur, the immediate past Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as Ambassador-at-Large.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the appointment in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Tukur as an envoy, will be “assigned special duties by the president’’ under the new appointment.

The statement chronicled the former PDP chairman’s achievements in public and private service.

“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.

“Between 1994 and 1995, he served as Minister for Industries.”

The other positions were Vice Chairman, International Ports and Harbours Association; Chairman, International Cargo Handling Association; and Chairman, Governing Council of Institute of Business Development.

Mr. Tukur was until his appointment, Chairman, Board of Directors of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, a position he assumed since January after he resigned as PDP chairman.  His tenure as PDP chairman was crisis-filled culminating in at least five governors and several lawmakers leaving the party.



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  • Efe1

    Rewarding abject failure

  • Leslie

    1975 to 1982,GM,then govenor in 1983.What in the world is wrong with PDP and Nigeria as a whole?I mean,we’re talking about someone who was govenor 31years ago oh!Habaaaa!

    • 12to34

      Ssssshhhhhh! The older the better!

      • Leslie

        You and Tukur must be age mates.You should change your name to “60to99”,no?

        • 12to34

          Ooooops! It is ‘ the older the better’ in Nigeria of today. The youth are marginalized. APC could not find a young man and they settled for a 51 yr old as Youth leader! Who says it is not the old the better?

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  • kunle

    when do nigerians rest ?????????????? must they be in government job till they drop dead ??????????? with almost 200 directors in the foreign affairs ministry that are trained career diplomats and qualified to be appointed ambassador , the president still think an old man over 70 years old should roam the world as ambassador- at – large…….when will this old men leave the scene for their overgrown grand children to have a taste of life ?????????those born in 1975 when tukur was general manager are 39 years old and making waves in all sphere of life..

    • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

      You’re right Kunle.

      i was born when he was a governor.

      He we are rubbing shoulders.