CIoTA Promises To Partner With The Government To Develop The Nation’s Transport Sector

By Suleiman Umaru::

 When Bashir Jamoh, President of  the Chartered  Institute of Transport Administration, CIoTA, and other other officials of the Institute  settled down for Yakubu Gowon , a retired Major General and former Head of State, to Chair its second annual  summit, it was a for a purpose: to ensure that its  recommendations  on  how to boost the nation’s transport sector is taken serious by the government.

 This is because the retired Army General is one voice in the country  that  President Muhammadu Buhari, Administration of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, respects so much. It was not surprising  why Jamoh and  all the other officials of CIoTA, made all the necessary efforts , using all their contacts  to ensure that the  former military   Head of State, whose regime  witnessed tremendous Infrastructural development in the country  agree to Chair the  summit.

They had their way. This may have informed why the summit attracted people from all walks of life, Captains of Industry and police makers, who want to listen to the retired Army General, who is now academically sound, to speak.

Gowon At CIoTA Transport Summit

He never disappointed the Organisers of the event as he leaved up to  expectation , proffering solutions on how the nation’s Transport sector could be moved  forward  to compete  with what obtains in other parts of the world, particular, the developed  economies. He knew that the government could not handle the development of transport sector  alone that he has called for a ‘’partnership between the public  and the private sectors  in order to come  up with innovative ways of  solving the transportation  challenges in the country’’.

The CIoTA, Summit, which had brought in together  experts, Captains of  Industry and policy makers , from across the private and public sectors, which  had as its theme: Building Sustainable Transport Infrastructure in Nigeria, Opportunities, Innovations and Technologies had done justice to the topic.

It is instructive to note that Gowon’s speech may have emboldened Jamoh, the CIoTA, President, to give his words that the Institute is ready to partner with the government this time around ‘’to enthrone  Professionalism in the nation’s transport sector, by making sure that  only  Professionals  hold key positions in the sector’’.

He noted that since the passage of the bill which had established the Institute, it has been at the forefront of  ensuring Professionalism , to be at par with other Chartered Institutes across the country. Jamoh, who incidentally is  also the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA,  had said that even though the CIoTA is barely new,  it has not failed on its mandate as  ‘’it has thrived  to meet the Professional needs  of the  sector and would continue to  operate  under the three –pronged  agenda of Professionalism, Education and Advocacy.

He has also given his words  that the Institute would partner with the government ‘’ to develop a  curriculum  which  would enable only  the recognized Professionals  to hold key offices  in the transport  both at the Federal and state levels. The CIoTA President has a word of advice  for Nigerians who are  not versed  on the knowledge  about the transport sector , to seek education  as the Institute  would be working with Heads  of Departments of  government agencies , to ensure that  only those with the requisite knowledge  and  Certificates  are allowed  to hold key offices in the  all- important sector of the economy.

He was said to have cited  the various government interventions,  particular, the Katsina state  born Nigerian President,  across all the transportation modes, stressing that the Rail lines, Air transport, Roads and shipping operations  have all witnessed one intervention or the other in the recent time. Take for instance the shipping sector, where the government ,had set up the Cabotage Finance Fund, CVFF, which currently has over $200 million, to assist indigenous ship Companies procure vessels to Compete  with the Foreign shipping line which currently dominate the sector.

Jamoh: CIotA President /DG, NIMASA

Many believe that this ought to have been avoided  if the country’s transportation had been fully  revived as obtained in other parts of the world  which are currently reaping the benefits like Singapore, Argentina and Brazil.

This may have informed why Gowon, who had Chaired the summit, and  who spoke virtually  had called on  the industry stakeholders  ‘’to join hands  with the government  to move the transport industry forward’’. He condemned the recent  destruction of public assets  in the guise of the End SARS  protests, , by hoodlums who jerked the protest .

 He may have alluded to the setting ablaze of some floors of the Nigerian Ports  Authority, NPA, Corporate Head office in Marina, Lagos.   As a former Head of State, who knows the cost implication of a public asset,  he  has advised that ’’it is in the interest of everyone  to support  the development of critical sectors  of the economy’’,  noting that people should not resort’’ to destruction  of such assets in  name of protests’’.

Given his understanding of the nation’s transport sector,  he declared, ‘’we must  all have to be involved  in finding ways  to improve  the sector and not to destroy  what we already have’’. The former Nigerian Head of state who could not hide his feelings  said ‘’we must  embark  on an intensive comprehensive  campaign  to make public and private sectors  accountable  and performance –oriented with a view to providing the citizenry  with proficient  transport system’’.

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