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The Ministry of Transport is committed to providing Nigerians with a world-class transport system

The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Dr Magdalene Ajani, said the ministry remains resolute and determined in its vision to revolutionize the transport sector into a world-class system.

The Permanent Secretary, who made this known today in Abuja at the 9th Annual Nigeria Transport Conference, titled: “Nigeria Transportation for Development, Sectional Achievement, Prospects and Challenges”, said that is why the federal government has made strenuous efforts to rehabilitate the existing narrow gauge. rail lines to standard gauge lines to ensure connectivity between cities and West Africa.

“Similarly, the development of ports on the high seas and the automation of our port operations to facilitate doing business in ports is a clear reality of the ministry’s zeal for sector development,” said Ajani, a new attestation from the determination of the ministry.

Further, she disclosed that to reinforce this position, the Ministry of Transport simultaneously has continued public-private engagement in the development of a world-class transport system in the Lagos State National Waterways properties and encourages other states to get involved.

The Permanent Secretary further said that the current administration recognizes the importance of the transport sector for the industrialization and diversification of the Nigerian economy and is doing everything to ensure infrastructure development to boost the sector even though the ministry is beleaguered by insufficient funding, minimal private sector. participation and duplication of functions which tend to cause inter-agency conflicts.

During her presentation, Anthonia Ekpa, former director of the Road Transport and Public Transport Administration of the Federal Ministry of Transport, denounced the neglect of the road sector by the federal government compared to the enormous sums granted to other means of transport. modal. She said prioritizing the road sector is cheaper and would have greater coverage on roads built and buses purchased as opposed to spending money to build just an airport runway or railway.Group photo

She revealed that UN records in 2018-2019 showed people dying mainly on the roads and called for all to advocate for the development of the road sector.

In his earlier speech, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) Director General Jelani Aliyu said the theme for this year’s conference was rightly chosen considering that transportation is the backbone of any nation’s economic development and an essential investment sector that drives economic growth.

He also said the theme is in line with NADDC’s policies to promote and enhance value addition in the transportation and automotive sector of the economy by creating a conducive business climate to further enhance business flows. investment and industrialization.

Regarding the achievement of the theme, Jelani said the agency is working rapidly to develop and promote advanced transportation technologies in the automotive industry in line with the global paradigm shift towards a carbon-free transportation system.

“Currently, one of our key areas of focus is to scale up the production of locally applicable electric vehicles, to enable Nigeria to meet its Paris Agreement target and net zero commitment by 2060,” he said. Jelani said.

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Desmond Adyo
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