By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
ABUJA—Road mobility safety in Nigeria was the crux at the 3rd Annual Stakeholders Conference on Road Transport & Mass Transit Operations in Nigeria which held in Abuja from July 25th to 26th 2019.
Also, issues bothering on road infrastructure development, the need for security in road transport and mass transit operations, as well as the role of non motorised vehicles and green vehicles were thoroughly discussed.
The two-days Conference, had the major objective of identifying and mapping out strategies that would ensure the achievements of Policy milestones in the Transportation sector, considering the safety, security and regulation of every commercial motor vehicle operations in the country.
Speaking at the Conference organised by the Department of Road Transport and Mass Transit Administration under the Federal Ministry of Transportation, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Engr. Sabiu Zakari, expressed confidence that the conference will draw the attention of all road users and stakeholders to the emerging trends in transport safety.
Zakari in his welcome address, noted that the conference aimed to offer a valuable platform for major stakeholders in the Transport industry to contribute to the discourse on road Safety Mobility in Nigeria.
He charged the media to work together with the transport sector in the campaign for reliable, sustainable and safer mobility in Nigeria.
For her part, the Coordinator and Director of the Department of Road Transport and Mass Transit Administrations, Dr. (Mrs.) Anthonia Ekpa, disclosed that road transport is the most viable instrument and enabler of economic development, adding that the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) prioritizes transportation alongside agriculture.
Dr. Ekpa, urged all Stakeholders and Ministries to join hands in sustaining the growth in the sector.
Also speaking, the former Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, stated that Nigeria’s transport infrastructure has remained inadequate for the size of its economy.
“It is in recognition of these, that the Buhari administration placed the development of transport infrastructure at the heart of its policy agenda”, Udoma said.
The Conference with the theme, “Road Mobility Safety in Nigeria”, had in attendance Government Officials, Policy Experts, Transport Operators and other Stakeholders in the Transport sector.