By Umar Muhammad Puma
The House of Representatives adhoc committee has invited the minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi to appear before it to explain compliance with an Act mandating restructuring of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria.
The committee was saddled with the responsibility to investigate the need to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Act.
The Minister is expected to appear before the panel on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 alongside the newly appointed Rector of the Academy, the Chairman of the Interim management board and other stakeholders.
Chairman of the Committee Rep Yuguda Hassan Kila (APC, Jigawa), said the panel is also directed to investigate the activities of the Interim Management Committee set up by the minster of Transportation to manage the Academy.
Other terms of reference include the determination of whether or not the planned restructuring and setting up of an Interim Management Committee complies with the provisions of the law setting up the institution.
It is also directed to interface with the minister of Transportation, key functionaries of the Academy and other stakeholders with a view to coming out with recommendations.
To this end, the committee has in a letter dated Tuesday, February 6, 2018 and addressed to the Honourable Minister of Transportation, urged the Minister to furnish the panel with relevant information regarding the planned restructuring and it’s comformity with provisions of the Act setting up the Academy.
The House had on Thursday, 19 October, 2017 considered and adopted a motion brought by Hon. Francis Charles Uduyok, (PDP, Akwa Ibom), calling attention to the need to ensure the minister’s action is in compliance with the provision of the Maritime Academy Act.
The motion had alleged that the newly appointed Rector of the Academy has been instructed not to discharge his duties until such a time when the Committee shall have been dissolved.
The motion also noted the inconsistency of the appointment of Interim Management Council by the Minister with the provisions of the Maritime Academy Act Cap. M3, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.