President Muhammadu Buhari has ratified the appointment of a former Minister of Commerce, Bello Maitama-Yusuf as member of the Board of Directors of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).
Maitama-Yusuf, who served as Minister of Internal Affairs in 1978 and later as Minister of Commerce in 1982 was accused of corruption by the Muhammadu Buhari military regime in 1983. He however went into exile to avoid prosecution.
The Special Assistant on New Media to the Executive Governor of Jigawa State, Auwal Sankara who confirmed the appointment said the 74-year-old Maitama-Yusuf was nominated by Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar.
“In recognition of his hard work, resilience and steadfastness in the progress of APC and development of Jigawa State and Nigeria at large, the Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar has facilitated the appointment of Senator Bello Maitama Yusuf as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC),” Sanakar wrote on Facebook.
Maitama-Yusuf’s letter of appointment read: “Pursuant to section 5 of the Nigerian Railway Corporation Act cap. N129, LFN2004 and all powers enabling the Honourable Minister of Transportation in that behalf and consequent upon your nomination by the Governor of Jigawa State, I am pleased to inform you of your appointment by the Honourable Minister as a member of the Board of Directors of Nigerian Railway Corporation.
“Your tenure of appointment shall commence on the date of inauguration of the board and shall subsist at the pleasure of the President of the Federal republic of Nigeria, pursuant to Section 8 of the above-referenced Act.”