The former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has been appointed as an Ambassador-at-Large by President Goodluck Jonathan.
An Ambassador-at-Large is an envoy who is assigned special duties by the president.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Public Communication Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.
Tukur’s citation read in part: “Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, erstwhile National Chairman of the ruling PDP from 2012 to January 2014, has in the course of his career in Nigeria’s public service, served as the General Manager and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) from 1975 to 1982. He was elected governor of the then Gongola State in 1983.
“Between 1994 and 1995, he served as Minister ofIndustries. Other appointments held by Alhaji Bamangar Tukur include the following; Vice-Chairman of the International Ports and Harbours Association; Chairman of the International Cargo Handling Association; President/Chairman of the Governing Council of Institute of Business Development; Member, Ghana Investors Advisory Council; Member, Presidential Council on Investment of the Republic of Benin in February, 2007; and Member of the Presidential Advisory Council in 2010. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).
“In recognition of achievements in various fields of human endeavour, he was conferred with the following National honours: Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON); Commander of the Order of the Niger of Cote d’ Ivoire; and Commander of the Order of the Mono of Togo. Among other academic achievements, Tukur holds a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh – 1965; Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) conferred on him in 2007 by Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho (Honoris Causa); Doctor of Law conferred on him in 2004 by Benue State University, Makurdi (Honoris Causa).”