By Gift Samuel, The Sight News
Abuja-Stakeholders and experts in Aviation, Maritime and Road transportation sectors are expected to gather in Abuja to chart a course for the transportation industry in Nigeria at a seminar to be organized by the Abuja Transport and Aviation Correspondents Association (ATACA), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Transportation on September 27, 2017.
The Theme of the event is “Forging A Resilient Transportation Industry in Nigeria’’ with subthemes that are focussed sector by sector.
In this vein, the Minister of Transportation,Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Ameachi is expected to deliver the keynote address at the event while the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika will deliver a paper on the topic, “Reinventing Nigeria’s Aviation Industry and the Quest for a Regional Hub”.
The seminar is part of efforts of the Transport Reporters in Abuja to create an avenue for stakeholders to discuss towards effective repositioning of the country’s transportation industry as a catalyst for sustainable economic development.
The vision is to also help drive a Nigeria with sustainable and people-oriented transportation (Aviation, maritime and road) policies for the wellbeing of Nigerians and the Nigerian society.
Expected at the seminar are the Chief Executives of all agencies and parastatals under the Ministry of Transportation; chairmen of committees on Aviation, Land Transport and Maritime at the Senate and House of Representatives as well as leaders of various transport unions in the country.
Also expected is the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who will speak on the topic, “The Role of CBN in Sustainable Aviation Sector”; (Intervention and Access to FOREX), while the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hajia Hadiza Bala will speak on “Reforms in the Nigerian Ports: the Hurdles and Opportunities’’ at the event.
The Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr Fidet Okhiria, will speak on “Attracting Private Capital in the Railway Sector: Challenges and Opportunities”.
ATACA is an umbrella body of the Transport and Aviation journalists, based in Abuja, with its membership drawn from mainstream media houses including print, electronic national and some online news platforms.
The Association’s vision is to help drive a Nigeria with sustainable and people-oriented transport and aviation policies while its Mission is to foster ethical and objective transport and aviation reportage that advocates for the wellbeing of Nigerians and the Nigerian society.