|Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi|
develop a national transportation master plan for diversification of the
economy and improve on non-oil sector revenues, the Minister of Transportation, Mr
Rotimi Amaechi, has said.
briefing after a tour of facilities at the Lagos airport, said the master plan
would reduce unemployment and develop the rural economy.
Government planned to concession the management of some airports to private
guarantee efficiency and good management in view of dwindling resources from
the government for infrastructural development in the aviation industry.
the airports that would be privatised, there were indications that the Lagos
airport; the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; the Port Harcourt
International Airport; and the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano
were the aerodromes slated for concession.
determined to fully exploit the potentials of the transport sector by opening
it up for new investment.
repositioned, the sector holds the key to unlocking the country’s economic
problems as including bad roads, inadequate fleet, airplane services and
congested ports .
Muhammadu Buhari is in the process of developing a national transportation
master plan that will be implemented as a fulfillment of one of his campaign
promises to diversify the national economy while improving non-oil revenues.
revenues, it will also develop the rural economy, reduce unemployment and urban
system include bad roads, inadequate fleet of buses and trucks; irregular and
inadequate trains and airplanes services and congested ports.”
suitably trained transport managers and planners, capital restructuring
bottlenecks, serious issues of institutional reforms and ineffective traffic
determined to fully exploit the potentials in the transportation sector. As a
first step, the government will pursue the enactment of legislation that will
open up the sector to new investments that will lead to economic prosperity,”
re-introduce rail lines that would assist in the movement of petroleum products
by next year.
transportation could generate over 250,000 direct jobs.
petroleum products by rail will be re-introduced in 2016. As you are aware, we
have commenced and almost completed the narrow gauge rehabilitation which will
be retained for the movement of cargoes.
into the standard gauge to link most parts of the country with faster trains
for passenger movements has begun. In 2016, we hope to complete work on the
Abuja-Kaduna railway line as Mr President is highly committed to it. Work will
start in earnest on the standard gauge on many routes.”
would not be negotiable, as he identified the challenges of the sector to
including weak airlines and decaying infrastructure .
transportation in collaboration with relevant parastatals and agencies has
drawn up short term plans that are currently being implemented, of which the
travelling public will take notice of the improvements in the not distant
completion of ongoing airports remodeling projects at Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port
Harcourt and the decongestion of airports access roads among several others.
The new terminal in Lagos will generate additional 15 million passengers
annually, making a total of 30 million passengers yearly nationwide.
require significant investments to upgrade and expand infrastructure to meet
current and future requirements.
capital projects development, government is exploring the possibility of
private sector participation to towards the realisation of the industries’
National Airline has submitted its report to the President, which the
government is studying carefully and will announce its decision in due course.
96.44 per cent during the International Civil Aviation Security Audit. Despite
this feat, the nation can ill afford to let its guards down considering recent
events in the international scene, where passenger airplanes have been blown
out of the skies.
Nigerian Civil Aviation Security Programme (NCASP) and International Aviation
Organisation (ICAO) annex 17, the Federal Government is looking to overhaul and
streamline the security apparatus at the nation’s airports for a seamless and
more effective security surveillance and enforcement. This will also improve
facilitation and passengers’ experience.”