The Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, has inaugurated the five Governing Boards of Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Transportation with the aim to restructure and reposition them to contribute to an economy that is robust, transparent and accountable.
The Boards of the agencies inaugurated included: Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron. (MAN Oron), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) and National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
Inaugurating the Governing Boards in Abuja Friday, Amaechi, charged them to work in line with the policy directives of the Federal Government aimed at assisting the Parastatals achieve its mandates.
Speaking further, the Minister said: “You are also charged with the responsibilities of measuring performance against targets and introducing broad policy measures that will curtail deviations and ensure that the targets are achieved. it is expedient for you to note that the need to engender harmonious working relationships with the Management of the various Parastatals so as to achieve the objectives of the government is paramount.”
While warning them not to interfere with the day to day management of the Parastatals, Amaechi drew their attention to the fact that the Minister in line with the guidelines to Administrative Procedures in the Federal Public Service (chapter 7), can exercise control over the Parastatals at policy level through the Board of Parastatals.
He, further enjoined them to be acquainted with relevant Government circulars and directives on relationship of Boards with their Parastatals for a good and harmonious working relationship, while further charging them to promote the tenets of prudence, transparency, accountability, equity and fairness in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani said: “The role of the Board is a part time role. You do not have offices assigned to you nor do you have vehicles assigned to you. You are called for meetings quarterly in line with the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. When meetings are called, facilities will be provided to make you comfortable for those meeting periods and of course your seating fees will be paid”.
Continuing, the Permanent Secretary said: “As you are inaugurated and work starts, I’m sure the Ministry will have a more robust retreat session where we can discuss stakes that might have been disturbing or that will help you to support us better in the management of the agencies”.
Delivering the acceptance on behalf of the newly inaugurated Chairmen and Board members, Chairman, Governing Board of Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Akinwunmi Ricketts, appreciated the Federal Government for giving them the opportunity to serve, pledging they will deliver on their mandates.