FG raises committee on East-West Rail Lines
As part of its determination to transform the rail sector and make it more efficient, the Federal Government has raised a steering committee to perfect the concessioning of the eastern and western lines of the Nigerian Railways Corporation (NRC).
The committee, which is headed by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi is expected to work out the modalities towards ensuring that all obstacles that would impede the attainment of efficient rail system were eliminated. Speaking at the inauguration of the committee, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated that the purpose of the committee is to create a one-stop shop for the concession, fast track the process and beat the red tape and bureaucratic bottlenecks. He charged the committee to be innovative, urging the members to remove whatever obstacles that stand in the way of a smooth concessioning process, hoping that the committee will meet its deadlines and end up “to be an example of how it should be done.”
Observing the challenges of bureaucratic bottlenecks in the public service delivery system, he said the Buhari administration was determined to overcome it.
Explaining the importance of the committee, the Vice President added, “I think this steering committee is extremely important, because we have tried to bring together everybody that should be involved in this (concessioning) project in order to see to it that we deliver quickly and efficiently in a manner that justifies Federal Government’s expense in the project.” Continuing he said, “The whole idea of the steering committee raises the issue we are trying to address, to have a one-stop shop for all approvals, objections or problems so that we can realize our target.”
Amaechi said that the committee was set up to ensure the concession of the nation’s railway and is expected to submit its report in six months time. The 20-member committee is composed of officials and individuals from relevant public and private sector agencies and firms.
The Terms of Reference for the committee are as follows:
* To advise the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) on policy issues that impact on stakeholders’ interest.