Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh has gotten a pat on the back for his efforts in transforming and promoting the transportation sector as President of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA).
The accolades poured in during the 4th National Transport Summit of the institute which took place in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja recently.
In the same vein, the Nigerian Army and other security agencies pledged their support to the growth and improvement of the country’s transportation sector to international standards, expressing their willingness to collaborate with CIoTA to achieve this feat.
A statement signed by NIMASA Assistant Director, Mr. Edward Osagie quoted the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Faruq Yahaya who was represented by Major Gen. E Akerejola commending the President and members of CIoTA for the many economic sectors it touches on. From facilitating international trade, supporting food security and enabling industrial and infrastructural development.
According to the statement which was made available to Maritime Bits the COAS stated that the theme of the summit “Transport Safety and Security Administration in Nigeria,” was also timely, as it is “an important aspect of the transportation sector which has often been overlooked by many including the transport professionals and academia.
Continuing, the statement said: “Over the years, the transportation sector has witnessed series of issues and challenges ranging from poor infrastructure, poor regulations, limited specialised professional training institutions, lack of effective and efficient transport policies, intra industry squabbles among transport professionals, to unethical behaviours, poor working condition amongst others”.
He reassured the Institute of the Nigerian Army’s resolve to support the transportation sector wherever necessary.
Jamoh whose speech was read by Professor Samuel Odewumi noted that the theme for this year’s summit is focused on safety and security of the transportation sector in Nigeria.
His words: “We were able to achieve the chartering of the institute, renewed advocacy, vigorous membership drive and certification. This year’s summit focuses on safety and security on all modes of transportation. Hence we must all work together as stakeholders and custodians of the transportation sector of Nigeria. Safety and security are paramount to achieving a robust and intermodal transport regime in Nigeria.
“CIoTA is the only statutory professional association in charge of the transportation industry in Nigeria; therefore deserves to be accorded its place in nomination of members into relevant agencies and in consultations for policy formulation and implementation strategies. It is the right thing to do. As a chartered institute, our role is very huge; with great opportunities and challenges. Let’s focus on the job at hand.”
Also speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Hon. Emmanuel Jime represented by Chief C.C Agu, said, “without security and safety, transport cannot develop, and transport itself happens to be the catalyst for development of the economy.” He charged the Summit to come up with a standard to bring sanity to the country’s transportation systems.
Other speakers at the event include, the Director General, Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria, Kaduna State; Rector, International Aviation College Ilorin, Col. Yakubu Okatahi; and the representative of the Ogun State Governor and Commandant TRACE, Prince Olaseni Ogunyemi.