Transparency: DG NARICT Reviews Corporate Governance System

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    By; ACHADU GABRIEL, Kaduna
    The Director General (DG), National Research Institute of Chemical Technology  (NARICT) ZARIA, Prof. Jeffrey T. Barminas said he reviewed the Corporate Governance system in the Institute, to enthrone the principle of transparency, responsibility, accountability and fairness with due diligence.
    The DG disclosed this when a Coalition of Civil Society Organizations, CSO’s, in Kaduna State, under the Leadership of its Chairman, Comrade Zubairu Mukhtar, paid him a courtesy visit, in Zaria.
    Prof. Barminas said that from the handing over Committees Report available to him, he realized that there was ample need to review the Corporate Governance system in the Institute, so as to enthrone the principle of transparency, responsibility, accountability, fairness with due diligence.
    In a release issued on Sunday and signed by the Chairman of the Coalition, Comr. Zubairu, it welcomed the DG to Kaduna State during the visit, and briefed him of the activities of the coalition which includes liaising with relevant stakeholders, monitor, evaluate programs, projects and activities of government institutions towards ensuring National Development.
    In his response, the DG welcome the Leadership of the Coalition to his office and appreciated them for her giant strides towards making Kaduna State and Nigeria greater, but stated that “from the Handing Over Committees report, he realized the need to review the Corporate Governance system in the Institute, so as to enthrone the principle of Transparency, Responsibility, Accountability, Fairness with due diligence.
    The DG added that “To give effect to the required changes,  quite a number of other Committees was set up as an impetus to the idea of all inclusiveness in the Management of the Institute.
    “This invariably led to the review of the composition of membership of the Committee of Directors (C.O.D) and setting up of a body known as Committee of Heads of Department, Statutory Divisions and Units, with a view to value addition in Decision making, Quality management and policy implementation”, he stated.
    According to the DG the organizational structure of the Institute was also reviewed, thereby increasing the number of Research based Departments from four(4) to six(6), with change in the nomenclature including – Scientific and Industrial Research Department; Industrial and Environmental Pollution Department and Textile and Textile Technology Department.
    Others are Petrol Chemicals and Allied Products Department; Pilot Plant and Fabrication Department and Outstations/Entrepreneurship Department respectively.
    The essence of the above creation and change in nomenclature, the DG stated,  was for the purpose of adding value to research activities and bridging the gap created with other Research Stakeholders which has been the bane of Science, Technology and Innovation in impacting on the National Development.
    In addition to that, DG tasked each of the Research Department to identify their flagship project for incorporation into the institute strategic plan that would soon be reviewed.
    On staff welfare, the DG stated that capacity building training has been carried out for staff of the Institute, and also appropriate placement and deployment of staff, based on appropriate skills and competencies undertook during the period under review.
    The DG also stated that there is a major shift in the way NARICT handled environment prior to his assumption, whereby companies were hired to take charge of cleaning the environment, stressing that presently there is an interface with the host community as youths are employed to clean the environment through Corporate Social Responsibility.
    “This has brought synergy and mutual understanding between the Management and the host community.
    “After leading the Executives of the Coalition round the institution, he appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity and confidence reposed in him to serve his fatherland as the DG of the Institute and sought for Federal Government’s support for adequate funding to enable him explore his potential and dream of making the Institute Internationally recognized in terms or research and qualitative service delivery, even as the Chairman of the Coalition appreciated the DG for making out time to host them and used the opportunity to call on the Federal Government and all relevant stakeholders to help boost the funding of the Institute to enable them explore their full potentials.

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