|The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Barrister Hassan Bello,
at the maiden Transportat Summit in Abuja
Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello, has reiterated the importance of
connectivity in the various transport systems in the country, in order to ensure
rapid growth of the economy.
Bello said this in a keynote address at the
maiden National Transportation Summit organised by the Chartered Institute of
Transport Administration in Nigeria (CIoTA), on Tuesday in Abuja.
the Potentials of Transportation for Sustainable Development’’.
important to ensure the use of modern technology to fast track the nations
transport system to enable it compete with the global trends.
it will affect your economy, if you have outdated infrastructure, your economy
will be sluggish and it will not grow.
on the modernity of your transport infrastructure; we have not been able to do
that for a long time because we don’t have professionals running the transport
the economy seriously and situate transport within that context such that if
we have a dry port in Kaduna, it should bring economy to the door step of the
freight; imagine what this country would have become if we owned the freight we
are paying for crude oil.
no place to look at than transportation. It is important that we adjust our
transport system to the current trend,’’ he said.
infrastructure in the country has pushed the cost of production by 45 per cent.
in Nigeria and connectivity of pipeline, inland waterways, railway and air
transportation are critical.
speak to the Inland Dry Port in Kaduna. Nigeria’s transportation system lacks
lack of connectivity. We want CIoTA to take over and to concentrate in making
things better; they should begin massive advocacy by ensuring transport policy
for integrated infrastructure.”
distortions in the transport system which, according to him, is not good for a
country that wants to diversify its economy.
on formulating a transport policy and work with key stakeholders to ensure
integrated infrastructure in the country.
we need inter-modalism more, where goods are brought by sea by the ship,
offloaded and taken by the train or inland waterways.
percentage of goods must be carried by inland waterways, road, pipeline and a
majority by rail.
tankers go to Apapa? We have chaos, indiscipline in Apapa and the port is
presently overwhelmed. That was why we said that the NPA should own the whole
of Apapa,’’ Bello added.
Director, Nigeria Water Ways Authority (NIWA), Mr George Moghalu, urged the
institute to partner with various strategic stakeholders to drive the sector.
institute would ensure ways of expanding the transportation footprint across
the opportunity to all stakeholders in the sector to discuss and generate
ideas to enable a more efficient
transport management and administration in Nigeria.
network and share information on ways of unlocking the potentials of the
industry for sustainable development.
proffered and factored into government policies and programmes to improve the
sector, create jobs and further grow the Nigerian economy,” he said.
reports that the three-day event was attended by various key stakeholders in
the transportation sector. (NAN)