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Professionals laud achievements of CIOTA in transport sector

Bashir Jamoh, the director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has received commendations for his efforts in transforming and promoting the transportation sector as President of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA).

The commendation came during the 4th National Transport Summit of the Institute in Abuja on Tuesday.

Similarly, the Nigerian Army and other security agencies pledged their support to the growth and improvement of the country’s transportation sector to international standards, expressing their willingness to collaborate with CIoTA to achieve this feat.

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Faruq Yahaya, chief of army staff, who was represented by E. Akerejola commended the President and members of CIoTA for facilitating international trade, supporting food security and enabling industrial as well as infrastructural development.

Yahaya said the theme of the summit ‘Transport Safety and Security Administration in Nigeria,’ was also timely, as it is an important aspect of the transportation sector which has often been overlooked by many including the transport professionals and academia.

“Over the years, the transportation sector has witnessed series of issues and challenges ranging from poor infrastructure, poor regulations, limited specialised professional training institutions, lack of effective and efficient transport policies, intra industry squabbles among transport professionals, to unethical behaviours, poor working condition amongst others,” he said.

He reassured the Institute of the Nigerian Army’s resolve to support the transportation sector wherever necessary.

On his part, Bashir Jamoh, president of CIoTA and DG of NIMASA, whose speech was read by Samuel Odewumi said that the theme for this year’s summit is focused on safety and security of the transportation sector in Nigeria.

“We were able to achieve the chartering of the Institute, renewed advocacy, vigorous membership drive and certification. This year’s summit focuses on Safety & Security on all modes of transportation, hence we must all work together as stakeholders and custodians of the transportation sector of Nigeria. Safety and security are paramount to achieving a robust and intermodal transport regime in Nigeria,” he said.

He said CIoTA is the only statutory professional association in charge of the Transportation Industry in Nigeria and that it deserves to be accorded its place in nomination of members into relevant agencies and in consultations for policy formulation and implementation strategies.

Emmanuel Jime, the executive secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, represented by Cajetan Agu, said, without security and safety, transport cannot develop, and that transport itself is the catalyst for development of the economy.

He charged the participants to come up with a standard to bring sanity to the country’s transportation systems.