Stakeholders and experts in Aviation, Maritime and road transportation sectors will converge in Abuja, to proffer solutions to the challenges of deficit in the transportation industry in Nigeria at the 2nd Annual seminar of the Abuja Transport and Aviation Correspondents Association (ATACA).
The event which is organized in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Transportation, will take place on September 20, 2018 at the International Conference Centre.
The theme of this year’s seminar is ‘Financing and Developing Transport Infrastructure in Nigeria: Opportunities and Threats’’, with subthemes that focuses on sector specific.
The Association’s General Secretary, Sumaila Ogbaje, in a statement on Monday, revealed that the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Ameachi will deliver the keynote address at the event while the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika will deliver a paper on the topic, “The National Carrier and the Opportunities’’.
“The seminar is part of the efforts of Transport and Aviation Reporters in Abuja to create avenue for stakeholders to discuss strategies towards repositioning the country’s transportation industry as a catalyst for sustainable economic development” Ogbaje remarked.
He further noted that infrastructure challenge has been a major setback in the quest to develop an enduring transport industry in Nigeria especially land and air transport sectors as been canvassed by stakeholders at different fora.
It is therefore in this regard that a body of journalist covering the sector has deemed it necessary to engage the relevant stakeholders and industry players in both public and private sector to brainstorm on the way forward.
The event will also witness presentations from the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, the MD/CEO Nigerian Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria, the Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), the MD Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), the MD Nigeria Railways Corporation (NRC) and other industry presentations.
Also expected at the seminar is the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatude Fashola (SAN),who is expected to speak on the topic, “Toll Gate as a tool for financing road infrastructure in Nigeria”.
Furthermore, the Chief Executives of all agencies and parastatals under the Ministry of Transportation; Airline Executives, Road transport executives and transport unions are also expected to be in attendance.
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 and 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.