Minister Inaugurates Boards, Charges Members To Support Fight Against Corruption

Yemisi Izuora 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has

inaugurated some of the boards of parastatals and agencies under the

Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, with a charge to members

to support the ongoing anti-corruption war of the Buhari

Administration.

“May I also remind you that one of this Administration’s three

cardinal programmes is the fight against corruption and entrenchment

of accountability and transparency. All board members are therefore

charged to support the government in this direction,” the Minister

said in Abuja on Friday at a ceremony to inaugurate the boards.

He told the board members that their role is to formulate policies,

and not to engage in the day-to-day running of the organizations.

“The board is to evolve strategic ways of supporting the agency so it

can most effectively deliver its mandate. I am sure some of you are

already conversant with this, but it is necessary to restate it here

for the benefit of all,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

He also informed the members that with the introduction of the

Integrated Payroll Information System (IPPIS) in the payment of staff

salaries in the public service, agencies are constrained in employing

staff until permission is sought and received from the Office of the

Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

The Minister commended the board members for their support and loyalty

to the President and the administration, and urged them to see their

appointment as another opportunity to contribute their own quota to

the success of the Administration.

In his vote of thanks on behalf of other members, the Chairman of the

National Gallery of Art, Ambassador Umaru Suleiman, said the Federal

Ministry of Information and Culture is a service ministry, hence

members are supposed to add value to the system and make a difference

in wherever they find themselves.

The inaugurated boards are those of the News Agency of Nigeria; Voice

of Nigeria; National Gallery of Art; National Orientation Agency;

National Commission for Museums and Monuments; National Theatre and

National Troupe; and National Council for Arts and Culture.

Others are: National Institute for Cultural Orientation; Nigerian

Tourism Development Corporation; National Films and Videos Censors

Board; Nigerian Film Corporation; National Broadcasting Commission and

National Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization.

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