President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of erstwhile national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, as Ambassador-at-Large.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the appointment in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja.
According to the statement, Tukur as an envoy, will be “assigned special duties by the president’’ under the new appointment.
The statement also chronicled the former PDP chair’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”.
Tukur, was until his appointment, Chairman, Board of Directors of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, a position he was appointed to shortly after his resignation as PDP chairman in January.