By Sandra Chukwunyere
|As coming together has become a major solution in the various industry, for a greater achievement, The Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA) is not left behind|
The President of CIoTA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh disclosed that the institute would make the push for policy to enable seamless integration of the different modes of transportation in the country a focal point at its 2019 National Transport Summit.
Jamoh, who disclosed this in Lagos, said,the focus of the event was to help improve cargo movement from the ports to final destinations.
The summit, themed, “Unlocking the Potential of Transportation for Sustainable Development,” will hold December 3 – 5 at the Musa Yar’Adua Conference Centre in Abuja.
Jamoh who is also Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said that the summit would create an avenue to address the nature of the modes of transportation in the country, which have not been beneficial to the trade supply chain.In his words:, “During the summit, CIoTA will be addressing a key issue of how best we can get the needed value in the supply chain, because trade is only complete when goods can get to their final destination in efficient manner.
“We shall be looking at solutions that would integrate the road, rail, air, and water transport systems. We are looking to push for policy to uphold seamless integration of the transport modes to support trade, in terms of easy movement of cargo across locations.”
Jamoh stated, “One good way to go in seeking solution to the perennial gridlock in the port city of Apapa, Lagos, is to turn to the railway and barges for the movement of containers, rather than remain stuck with road transportation alone. He said
The CIoTA president emphasised the need for the expansion of the ports, saying the present Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports have lost spaces, where containers would have been, to concessionaires, who are in charge of the terminals.
Dignitaries expected ti be in attendance for the the summit are: President Muhammadu Buhari as Special Guest of Honour, include Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, Minister of Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika, Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, and Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemi Saraki, who are Guests of Honour.
Also expected to speak is the Chairman Presidential Economic Advisory Council, Dr. Doyin Salam, other Speakers include Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside; Founder, Centre for Value in Leadership, Professor Pat Utomi; Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman; as well as retired Merchant Navy Captain, Emmanuel Iheanacho , The Managing Director Nigerian Railway Corporation , Engr. Fidet Okhiria, Prof. Innocent Ogwude and Chris Asoluka, Chairman Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone.
The CIoTA boss said that the submit would be a great one as it is targeted towards bringing together of various bodies in the industry for rapid development. He added.