|…CIoTA calls for support from government|
|President Chartered Institute of Transport Administration Nigeria (CIoTA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh (left) and Chairman, Integrated Oil and Gas Limited, Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho in a Press Conference at the ongoing maiden National Transportation Summit organised by CIoTA at the Shehu Musa Yar ‘Adua Centre in Abuja.|
despite increasing trade volumes, the Chairman, Integrated Oil and Gas Limited,
and former Minister of Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, has urged the Federal
Government to expand the nation’s ports infrastructure, access roads and
provide connectivity to the hinterlands.
Transportation Summit organised by the Chartered Institute of Transport
Administration (CIoTA) Nigeria, stated that the nation had to improve transport
infrastructure to meet the 4% annual increase in world trade volume, which has
also affected Nigeria.
role in taking millions of people out of poverty around the world; therefore,
he urged the Nigerian government to invest more in infrastructure in order to
create wealth and allow the citizens feel the impact of the enormous
opportunities in shipping via poor infrastructure.
crude oil sale over the years, he warned that it would be wrong to continue
spending such revenue on imported goods, rather than improving the size of ports
available in the country.
that we have to maximize these ports for our need as well as to serve landlocked
countries like Chad. Nigeria should look at the trade needs and develop ports
to serve those needs. The demand factor we should focus on is the underlying
consistently over the years? If the trade has doubled over this period, then
there is need to have ports infrastructure improved proportionally.”
country, he urged CIoTA to see the annual 4% growth in world trade as an opportunity
to explore avenues to position the nation’s transport sector to benefit from
development of human capacity in shipping rather than acquisition of vessels,
stressing that ships could be mismanaged if the operators lacked the requisite
skills to gainfully manage them.
made on the Lagos port access roads? What we advocate is dynamism. We have to
consider these options.”
that CIoTA would take up the responsibility of advocacy to address the numerous
challenges as a support for government to realise its objectives as government
cannot do it alone.
relevant government agencies and critical stakeholders in a bid to improve
transport infrastructure and human capacity development.
in Apapa, you would find numerous obsolete buildings that the government could
buy, demolish and convert those places into marshalling areas for cargoes.