Oversight Function, not witch-hunt, Says Committee

The Chairmen, Joint Senate and House of Representatives committees on Land Transport, Senator Gbenga Ashafa and Hon. Aminu Isa, have stated that oversight functions being carried out by the Legislature should not be interpreted as witch hunt.

The duo stated this on Tuesday during a working visit of the joint committees to the headquarters of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) in Lagos.

According to Ashafa, “The joint Senate/House committee on Land Transport is conscious of its enormous responsibilities as provided for in the extant Senate/House standing orders, which covers the ministry, departments, agencies including annual budgets and oversights of the MDAs.

Ashafa who congratulated the MD of NRC on the recent confirmation of his appointment, said “The committee is aware of thee numerous challenges of the Nigerian Railway Corporation and it is determined, with the support of the Senate/House leadership, to take necessary legislative actions to address the aspect of the challenges requiring our interventions.

“Hence, the need for this oversight visit, to enable us review how the finance of the corporation has been managed so far in the current budget cycle in order to note what augmentations need to be made in the 2017 budget cycle”.

MD of NRC, Engr. Fidet Okhiria said “as a corporation, our vision is to become a world class rail transport organization, which provides efficient, reliable, widely connected and customer oriented services, with a mission to emerge as the leaders in the Nigerian land based transport system, using well motivated work force with modern technology to to offer high quality and reliable rail transport services to guarantee customers satisfaction. Our core values are professionalism, integrity, team spirit, respect for individuals and to deliver on promises.

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