• Tuesday, October 03, 2023
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President Buhari re-appoints Okhiria as Nigerian Railway Corporation boss

Engineer Fidet Edentalen Okhiria

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-appointment of Engineer Fidet Edentalen Okhiria has been reappointed as the managing director and chief executive of the Nigerian Railway Coporation (NRC) following the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari. Okhiria was first appointed as the helmsman of NRC in 2016.

Okhiria who hails from Iruekpen Ekpoma in Edo State, started his journey with the NRC as pupil engineer and rose to the positon of Director Mechanical/Electrical/Signal and Telecommunication.

He attended Ujeolen primary school from 1967 to 1972 and Ujeolen grammar school 1973 to 1977 both in Ekpoma, Edo state.

A holder of Bachelor of Science degree (BSc Electrical Engineering) graduate from University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, he did his national youth service (NYSC) programme at the then National Electrical Power Authority (NEPA) from 1985-1986. From 1992-1996 and was District Mechanical/Electrical Engineer, and later Chief Mechanical Electrical Engineer from 1996-1999.

Okhiria became Assistant Director (c/w) from 1999-2001, Manager Romania project from 2001-2003 and District Manager (LD) from 2003 to June 2006. He became the Director, Mechanical/Electrical from June 200 to June 2011.

He was appointed Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Coporation in October 2016 and has been piloting the affairs of the Coporation till date prior to his reappointment.

Okhiria is a fellow of Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineering, (NIME), Chartered Member, Institute of Logistics and Transport (MILT), member Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), member Institute of Directors (IOD), member Institute of Strategic Management (ISM) and member, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).

Confirming the development, Yakub Mahmood, deputy director, public relations of the corporation said that only recently the management under leadership of Okhiria was saddled with responsibility of managing the newly commissioned Warri-Itakpe standard gauge railway line for movement and freight of passengers to and from the two destinations.