Transport is an important factor in national economic prosperity because it facilitates international and local trade, supports food security and creates jobs.
By Uzor Odigbo
The Federal Ministry of Transport on Thursday instructed the states of the country to get involved in the evolution of transport by waterway.
Dr. Ajani Magdalene Nwanwuche, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transport, gave the charge at the 9th Annual Transport Conference organized by Transport Day Newspapers, on the topic: ‘Nigeria Transport for Development; Sector Achievements, Prospects and Challenges’ held in Abuja.
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“The deployment of the Deep Blue Sea project for safety and safe navigation is a major achievement, together with an increased commitment from the public and private sector in the development of world-class facilities in the properties of the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) in Lagos State, and I encourage other states to participate in the development of water transport,” she said.
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According to the Perm Sec, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari recognizes the importance of the transport sector for the industrialization and diversification of the Nigerian economy. development of professional capacity building of the workforce to drive the sector.
She noted that transport is an important factor in national economic prosperity as transport facilitates international and local trade, supports food security, generates jobs, provides energy and enables industrial and infrastructural development.
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Dr. Nwanwuche who commended Transport Day Newspapers, the organizers of the event, for keeping Nigerians abreast of current world events in the transport and logistics sector, noted that progress in the transport development of the current administration are evident in the rehabilitation of existing narrow gauge railway lines. and the development of standard gauge railway lines to link cities and towns inside and outside the country.
The Perm Sec also said that the development of deep water ports and ports and the automation of the port operations of the country to facilitate the ease of doing business are the thoughts and realities of the ministries evidence for the development of the sector, adding that the Ministry of Transport is undeterred in its vision to develop a world-class transport system in Nigeria.