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Amaechi inaugurates Governing Boards of Parastatals; urged them to stay clear of corruption tendency.
The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has inaugurated five Boards of Parastals under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Transportation whose members were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Parastatals are the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), and Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT).
Inaugurating the Boards today, Friday march 9, 2018, Amaechi stated that the Ministry of Transportation cannot be left out of the present Government’s Anti-corruption crusade hence, urged the Chairmen and Board members of each Parastatals to stay clear of corruption tendency in their various Organizations or Parastatals. “If I suspect that there is any corruption going on in your organizations or Parastatals, I will investigate you. I will ensure that disciplinary actions are taken against you”, he warned.
The Minister noted that the problem associated with Nigeria as a nation is that people are not always punished for corruption tendency. “The problem of Nigeria is that people are not punished for their action”, he said.
Rotimi Amaechi explained that in order to foster an economy that is robust, transparent, accountable and in line with international best practices, the Federal Government embarked on the restructuring and repositioning of various Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Transportation. “In general, the mandates of these Parastals border on ensuring fast, safe, efficient, affordable, convenient, integrated and Inter-Modal transport system that facilitate Nigeria’s Social-economic and developmental needs which enhances the quality of life of the public” he said.
He advised them to adhere to Government policy directives aimed at assisting the Parastatals to achieve their mandates. “As Chairmen and Board members, you are responsible for setting operational and Administrative policies in accordance with Government policy aimed at assisting the Parastatals to achieve their mandates”. He said.
However, he charged them to justify the confidence reposed in them as newly appointed Chairmen and Board members in order to promote prudence, transparency, accountability, equity and fairness in the discharge of their responsibility.
In his acceptance speech on behalf of Chairmen and members of the 5 newly inaugurated Boards of Parastatals under the Ministry, the Chairman of Board of NIWA, Rear Admiral Ishaya Ibrahim (Retd.) thanked the Government for the opportunity given to them to serve the nation in this capacity and promised to discharge their duties meritoriously.
He also assured the Government of their unflinching support and commitment to Government policies and actions especially as it relates to their appointments in order to move the nation forward in general and Transportation sector in particular.
Yrtunde Sonaike (Mrs.)
March 9, 2018.