Shettima unveils blueprint for transport sector

Vice President, Kashim Shettima

Vice-President Kashim Shettima has unveiled a bold vision for reforming Nigeria’s transportation sector.

Shettima, represented by Special Adviser, General-Duties, to the President, Office of the Vice-President, Aliyu Modibbo, unveiled the blueprint on Tuesday, at the 5th National Summit of Chartered Institute of Transport Administration in Abuja.

Shettima said that the Federal Government was committed to addressing the transportation challenges Nigerians were grappling with which was occasioned by the removal of subsidy on petroleum products.

He canvassed for a collaborative revolution with the institute as the driving force for the blueprint.

The vice president acknowledged the crucial role the institute plays as the “lifeblood” and “artery” of the nation’s economic and social progress.

He stressed the need for a robust and efficient transportation system that would connect every part of the country and drive socio-economic prosperity.

Shettima said, “I must appeal to you to remain the architects of a robust and efficient transport system and to partake in managing the connection of every part of our nation, for that is the pathway to knitting together the fabric of our socio-economic prosperity.”

He added that the institute’s objectives align perfectly with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu.

He said that none of the government’s eight presidential priorities, from food security to job creation, could be achieved without a functional transportation system.

”Mr President’s critical points of focus require an efficiently functional transportation system to achieve our mandate.

”We will find it useful to have suggestions from the institute: well-thought-out policy enunciation, transportation infrastructure designs, and effective operational management strategies in all modes of transportation,” Shettima added.

He, however, urged the institute to provide valuable expertise in the form of policy recommendations, transportation infrastructure designs, and effective operational management strategies across all modes of transportation.

The vice president recognised the technical and managerial skills of the members of the institute.

Shettima expressed confidence in their ability to build a sector that drives employment, manufacturing and production within the industry.

He acknowledged the various concerns raised by the institute, including road construction materials, local airline viability, rapid rail development, pipeline security and waterway navigability while assuring the institute of an open door to the government for collaborative problem-solving.

“We are offering you an open door to the government where we can work together to understand your fears and needs as we redeem the cross-cutting issues of energy pricing, green energy, and funding strategies for various aspects of the transportation project.

”We will also provide workable modalities for public-private partnerships, safety and security, technology adoption and adaptation,” Shettima added.

He further stressed the importance of training and attitudinal development for transportation operation personnel, particularly in the road sector.

Shettima highlighted the need for closer collaboration with transport worker unions and associations to improve the traveling and business experiences of Nigerians.

He said, ”The reality of our post-subsidy removal adjustment, in which you have played quite a critical role in stabilising the nation, isn’t lost to us.

“This is why we trust your aspirations as we develop more solutions while we keep our doors open for innovative thinking, well-researched, and workable recommendations to tackle emerging governance challenges in your industry.”

The vice president urged the institute to increase its visibility and make its professional voice heard more frequently.

He described the institute as a strong partner of the government in tackling emerging governance challenges.