The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has read a riot act to the newly appointed Board Members of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC).
He cautioned that he will not tolerate an attempt to slow down efforts to revitalize the Nigeria railway system, saying that the ministry was resolute to ensure rapid accomplishment of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s strategy for rail development.
The minister on Thursday gave the charge in Abuja during the inauguration of the NRC board, which is led by Ibrahim Alhassan as the Chairman.
“Let us continue from where the last chairman stopped. I hope we will work together. I will not let anybody slow us down or whoever becomes the minister. With last chairman and the MD NRC, we were able to effectively tackle critical problems. ” Such as pipe-borne water, gas, as well as sewage lines that were obstructing construction, works on the Lagos axis of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project. Please, don’t slow us down.
He added that, “As governing board members, you are responsible for setting out the parastatal’s economic, financial, operational, administrative policies in accordance with government policy directives aimed at assisting the corporation to achieve its mandate. You are also charged with the responsibilities for measuring performance against targets and introducing broad policy measures that will curtail any deviations to ensure that the targets are achieved,” Amaechi said.
The minister also warned the board members not to involve themselves in the day-to-day management of the corporation. “You are strictly advised to acquaint yourselves with relevant government circulars and directives on the relationship of the board with their agencies for a good harmonious working relationship. You are to note that in line with the Guides to Administrative Procedures in the Federal Public Service (Chapter 7) the Minister may give to the Board of Directors, directions of general character relating generally to particular matters,” he said.
Meanwhile, Musa, the board chairman, while responding to Amaechi’s speech, commended the minister for his achievements so far in the rail sector.
“ It takes more than a gold braid to make a captain by being the driving force behind the recent successes recorded in the railway development in Nigeria, especially the continued operation of the Abuja- Kaduna rail line,” he said.
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