In a bid to reposition the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT) Zaria, for optimum performance, the Minister of Transportation, Hon.Chibuike Amaechi has advised the management to create jobs for the masses.
Amaechi spoke in Kaduna when he declared open a 3- day retreat on ‘Repositioning the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology’, on Tuesday.
The Minister said when jobs are created for the people, the society would become a better place for all.
According to him “As an Institute, we must begin to create jobs for our people. For me, the number of persons we are able to inject into self employment matters a lot to the society. The government alone cannot create jobs for everybody, so I think the NITT should also focus on job creation”, he said.
Amaechi, however, told the Institute to also engage qualified teachers and provide the best of facilities to improve on the overall knowledge of the students.
“Being an Institute is not just about the infrastructure or the number of classrooms that you have, It is about the facilities at your disposal. If you don’t have qualified teachers then you have no reason to be tagged an Institute”, he said.
The Minister urged the management and staff of the Institute to be committed to their duties, adding, “If we all work hard our society will be a better place for all”.
Meanwhile, after a tour of the Institute’s facilities in Zaria, Kaduna State, Amaechi said he was impressed with the infrastructure on ground and implored the management to embark on youth training in order to create job opportunities for them.
“I am satisfied with what I have seen, but they need to train young men and women and expand their knowledge so that they can create employment.
“The President is very mindful of the fact that creation of Infrastructure will create employment and creation of employment will in turn create wealth and this will definitely reduce crime”, he stated.
Earlier, the Acting Director General and Chief Executive of the Institute Dr. Bayero Salih Farah, thanked Amaechi for his support and inspiration to the growth of the Institute.
According to him, since its establishment three decades ago, the Institute has trained more than five thousand personnel in various transport and logistics fields.
In his words, “I thank the Hon. Minister of Transportation for always being a pillar of support and inspiration to NITT. It might interest you to know that in pursuant of its mandate over the years, NITT has trained thousands of managers who are today manning strategic transport organizations in the country in both public and private sectors”.
“In the past five years alone, NITT has trained more than five thousand personnel in various transport and logistics fields under the long and short term programmes”, he ended.