Gowon seeks innovative ways to reposition transportation

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… Condemns Destruction of Public Assets

… As CIoTA Moves Professionalise Transportation

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), has called for between public and private sectors in order come up with innovative ways of resolving transportation challenge in country. Gowon spoke on Tuesday in Abuja at opening of the Second National Transport Summit organised by the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA).

President, Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, addressing a press on sidelines of 2020 National Transport Summit organized by CIoTA currently ongoing in Abuja while Executive Secretary, Shippers’ Council, Barr. Hassan Bello looks on

The summit, which brought together experts and stakeholders from across the sector, had the theme, “Building Sustainable Transport Infrastructure in Nigeria: Opportunities, Innovations and Technologies.”

The former Head of state, chaired the occasion and addressed the summit virtually, condemned the destruction of public assets in the country during the recent nationwide protests.

President, Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh flanked by the Executive Secretary, Shippers’ Council Barr. Hassan Bello (L) and Dean Faculty Of Management, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Prof. Bamidele Badejo during the ongoing National Transport Summit Organised by CIoTA in Abuja

In his welcome address, President of CIoTA, Dr.Bashir Jamoh, said the body was pursuing a national transport development strategy based on a “Transportation Development Tripod,” comprising professionalism, education, and advocacy. The CIoTA president, is also Director-General of the Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said there was ensure that the transport infrastructure was manned by professionals in the field.

Gowon stated, “The nation must embark on a realistic and honest assessment of national transport system in Nigeria and reposition the transport sector. Unfortunately, the nation has come under the burden of economic challenge of Covid-19 pandemic and the dwindling oil fortunes, which marred critical impact we ought to have made in order to revitatlise transportation system in the country.”

Gowon called on stakeholders in the sector to join hands to move the transport industry forward.

“I implore all the critical stakeholders in the transport sector, policy makers and technical experts at this summit to think deeply on how we can evolve and create innovative strategies to advance the transport system in the country,” he stated. “I leave this to the transport experts present at this summit, will help us to unveil these strategies at this summit for implementation for transport system,” the former Head of State said.

While commenting on the destruction of public assets following the hijack of the #Endsars protests by hoodlums, Gowon advised that was in the interest of everyone to support the development of critical sectors, saying people should not resort to destruction in the name of protest.

Gowon said, “We all have to be involved in finding ways to improve the transportation sector in country, and not to destroy what we have, as recently happened in Lagos during the #EndSARs crisis, when over 150 Lagos buses were destroyed. I think the citizenry; the public have really cautioned themselves not to repeat this sort of thing.” He also said, “We must embark on an intensive campaign to more public and private sectors accountable and performance-oriented, with a view to providing the citizenry with proficient transport system.”

Jamoh stated in the address titled, CIoTA: The Journey Begins, “Professionals are known for standards; they are known for doing things the right way. Professionalism is also about right expertise, even in placement of people in positions in our various MDAs, when comes to transport departments and management of government fleets.

“We must attract and earn the respect that our transport profession deserves.”