Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Customs, NEXIM, others get new boards

The federal government has sworn in 31 people into the boards of the four agencies under the ministry of finance with a charge to reposition the agencies to achieve the objectives of the current administration as captured in the Economic Recovery Growth Plan.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who gave the advice while inaugurating the boards, urged newly-inaugurated board members to reposition the agencies entrusted to them and ensure their mandates are achieved.

The reconstituted boards includes that of the National Insurance Commission, NAICOM, the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigeria Export-Import Bank, NEXIM, and the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme, ACGS.

Adeosun chairs the Customs Board while Comptroller General of Customs, Colonel Hamid Ali serves as its deputy chairman. According to the list, CBN deputy governor will chair NEXIM Bank.

On the other hand, Mr. Emmanuel Jideofor is the chairman of the board of NAICOM, while ACGSF has Mrs. Olubunmi Siyanbola of the federal ministry of finance, as chairman of the board.

The minister urged the appointees to take pragmatic steps to reposition the respective institutions entrusted to them. “Enhance performance through efficient management of accrued resources for national development. The inauguration of the board is critical to driving our mandate,” Adeosun said.

Mrs Adeosun said the mandate of NAICOM, NCS and NEXIM revolves around the five pillars of the federal government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP, and the various executive orders.

She said the reconstitution of the boards provide a platform for synergy between members and management for effective implementation of policies and programmes of government. “Board members are saddled with policy formation, while management is saddled with execution and day-to-day execution of the policies.

“The President had a choice of 180 million Nigerians to choose from and he settled on you. To have chosen you proves the confidence he has in you, which should not be taken lightly.

“I wish to reiterate the support of the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Government in carrying out your duties,’’ she said.

Responding on behalf of the board members, Mr Emmanuel Nwosu, the Part-Time Chairman, NAICOM Board thanked the Federal Government for their appointment. He pledged the dedication of members to ensuring that the government achieved the objectives of the EGRP.

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