The President of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration CIoTA Dr. Bashir Jamoh has said that the institute is set to professionalise all aspects of transportation industry in Nigeria to enhance sustainable growth and development of the economy.

The institute hopes to achieve this by adopting the standardisation of transport training model  by upgrading curriculum of transport training schools and partnerships geared towards enhanced professionalism.

Speaking at the opening session of the ongoing three-day National Transport Summit organised by CIOTA at the Yar’ Adua Centre in Abuja with the theme “Unlocking the Potential of Transportation for Sustainable Development”, Dr. Jamoh said this has become expedient and necessary to save the transport sector from quacks and non-professionals, who currently dominate it.

According to the CIoTA President, “with the recent assent to the CIoTA Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari recognising the institute as the sole professional body in the transport industry, CIoTA will engage all stakeholders to ensure that all those involved in transport administration in Nigeria are certified to enhance professionalism.

“We will continue to ensure that Nigeria has only professionals in the transport sector to handle issues affecting it. Nobody who does not have the right qualification and certification would be allowed to practice in the transport sector, members need to have up to date experience”.

Dr. Jamoh, who doubles as Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, added that CIoTA would conduct research aimed at addressing most of the transport challenges in the country.

He also disclosed that the institute’s plan to engage some graduate youths already mobilised for the National Youth Service Corp NYSC as transport administration volunteers.

According to him, the volunteer group will also work with other relevant government agencies like Federal Road Safety Corp FRSC in carrying out its activities.

He also commended the President for the recent groundbreaking launch of the University of Transportation in Daura and Katsina State and signing the CIoTA Bill into law.

Also speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary of Nigeria Shippers Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, decried the absence of seamless links in the country’s transport infrastructure while commending government efforts at getting them fixed.

Bello said there must be a link between economy and transportation in Nigeria if the economy must move faster with its peers.

According to him, CIoTA holds the answer to several of Nigeria’s lingering transport issues since it is organised, devoid of unhealthy rivalry and not having any distraction like leadership tussles.

Nigeria, Bello said, is in the era of diversification of national revenue sources and the transport sector is supportive of other businesses including creation of much needed employments.

He said  Apapa  and Tin Can Ports that had 24m metric tonnes capacity for cargo handling, presently handles over 84m metric tonnes which gets them overstretched.

He added that linking the ports with rail and pipelines would bridge existing gaps in cargo delays and address the perennial traffic in Apapa area of Lagos.

The Executive Secretary suggested that the whole of Apapa should be handed over to Nigeria Ports Authority as a way of getting it organised.

NPA, according to him, should determine who does what and in which area of the port environment.

He said an issue as sensitive ad transport should not be left to non-professionals as Transport connects people and businesses and should be a thing of pride to citizens.

He decried that Nigeria is the only country whose crude is carried at Free On Board FOB carriage mode causing huge loss of freight components amounting to billions on Naira.