By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
ABUJA: In a bid to create a reward system, bring sanity to the Transportation sector as well as ensure compliance to standard procedures, the Motor Vehicle Administration Academy (MVAA) is set to host the maiden edition of the Transportation and Logistics Excellence Awards(TLEA).
Speaking to Journalists in a press briefing on Thursday, the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) Motor Vehicle Administration Academy (MVAA) Prince Segun Obayendo, disclosed that the transportation sector contributes about 60% to the overall GDP of the country, but many who deserve the credits hardly get it.
He added that the TLEA Award is an opportunity to set the score right, to give honour to whom it is due and also to showcase how the entire economy has been made better off with these noble contributions.
The CEO, further explained that for the first time in Nigeria, the country is going to experience the beauty, glamour and sophistication of a truly authentic transportation sector award comprising all the modes of transportation: Sea, Land, Air and Rail.
According to him, “This award can be defined as an award for transport, by the transport community for stakeholders of transportation. It is geared towards ensuring that stakeholders are monitored and set aside for recognition.
“It will make people become globally compliant and the award will instil global practice. We are doing a lot in the transport sector and we believe that the standard can improve more than what we have”, he stated.
On what MVAA intends to achieve with the award, he said, “First, we want to be intentional about showcasing some of the giant strides these nominees have made. Second, we also want the public to be aware of the transportation resources at their disposal.
“Some of the nominees have deployed technology, created seamless process for operations and also opened up opportunities that can be maximised by players in the industry.
“As a result of this award, so many people will know how much the transportation sector in the country has evolved to compete favourably with nations in similar clime”, Obayendo noted.
For his part, the representative of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Augustine Makama, pointed out that essence of the award is to improve service delivery, adding that it is a welcome development on the part of the government.
Also speaking, the Assistant Chief (ICT), Nigerian Shippers’ Council(NSC) Dr. Pauline Osasona, said the Council is in tune with any organisation that promotes the economy of Nigeria and as such welcomes the award.
The Transportation and Logistics Excellence Awards(TLEA), is expected to hold on May 20, 2019 at the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja.