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Exclusive: Eseme Eyiboh sets agenda as CRBDA board holds inaugural meeting with management

Mar 19, 2018
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Exclusive: Eseme Eyiboh sets agenda as CRBDA board holds inaugural meeting with management

By Daniel Etokidem


Inaugural Board Meeting of CRDA


The Chairman of the Governing Board of the Cross River Basin Development Authority, CRBDA, Hon Eseme Eyiboh, on Monday presided over the inaugural meeting of the 13th Board of CRBDA in Calabar. Other Board members present include Hon Garuba Butalawa, Engr Ademola Oyadare, Alh Salihu Abdulkareem and Barr Lazarus Undie.

Addressing the management team led by the Managing Director, Engr Bassey Nkposong, Hon Eyiboh said the essence of the interactive session was to enable both the Board and management to familiarise themselves and share expectations together towards charting a course of action.

He admonished that the difference between success and failure in leadership is information management hence the need to either manage information well to achieve success or mismanage it to achieve failure.

“The Board is committed to leave a lasting legacy and to achieve that information management is key. We need to feel the pulse of both members and stakeholders. The Board has two very strict responsibility which is supervising the implementation of government policies and programmes and oversight”, he submitted.

He noted that the Board must put in place mechanism that is just and fair to achieve collaboration that meets international best practices.

Hear him, “Let’s leave a legacy behind. Be mindful of the steps you take. One wrong step can take you into the pit. The Board is a team. As Chairman am not greater than other members, am only first among equal. We must observe ethical integrity in what we do and inculcate principles”.

“As Chairman am not an Ibibio man neither am I from Cross River or Akwa Ibom. My place of birth will not influence my actions. We must all join hands to make the Authority a Special Purpose Vehicle”.

According to Eyiboh, the Board has a responsibility to change the wrong perception about government institutions as reforms is key in achieving that.

“We won’t tolerate breach of due process. Our core values shall be driven by the values of honesty, integrity, leadership, transparency and accountability. CRBDA must be a model where other Basin Authority will come for peer review”, he stated.

He explained that the Board cannot achieve anything if the staff are not carried along.

“We must all galvanise the good will of members of staff for all to see a new horizon and key into it. We must not practice governance from the point of strength and weaknesses. We must obey institutions and authority. Time has really changed. The circumstances of yesterday are not the same of today. The sensibility of the Federal Government must be respected because we are handling a public trust. We must therefore not act in breach of that trust. Any infractions will be referred to the appropriate disciplinary agency of government. Our line of communication must be in accordance with international best practices. Let’s observe the rules as we’re under the rule of law”, he submitted.

The Board Chairman who announced that the Board has secured partnership with two international donor partners to jump start a partnership and synergy that will trigger the much needed reforms that will aid the transformation agenda. He advocated the creation of a mechanism to redress injustice and create restitution for fairness, growth and development to thrive.

On his part, the Managing Director, Engr Bassey Nkposong, said the one year three months old management team was eager for the coming of the board as issues that hitherto happened but management could not handle because no board existed will now be a thing of the past.

He said the coming of the board will make the management strong. “We all want a common goal. We’ll follow laid down rules. Together we will make CRBDA great and national interest will always supersede partisan interest in everything we do”, he stated.

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