The Nigerian government has urged African countries to join the Sub Sahara Africa Transport Policy program, to have an integrated Transport system.
Representing the Nigerian Vice President Mr Yemi Osinbajo the Secretary to the Government of the federation SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha at the Sub Sahara Africa Transport Policy program SSATP, said having all African countries on board will ensure a transport system that is friendly and efficient.
He said the only way we can get everyone on the same basket is For them to join SSATP so that at least all these issues can be looked at to have an integrated Transport system having everybody involved looking at the need For the inter modernization of Transport in Africa, if we have all the countries on board we will be able to ensure that we operate a transport system that is friendly to the people, that is cheap, that is safe and efficient.
On the issue of trucking, the SGF said the Nigerian Government has had a structured meeting with key government agencies to review the operations of tanker drivers in the country and on Monday there will be a stakeholders meeting to look at the issue critically .
He explained further that the issue of vandalisation of pipelines led to use of trucks to transport petroleum products which in turn led to disasters and dilapidation of the roads.
Also the Minister of Aviation Mr Hadi Sirika after highlighting challenges of Africa transport system called on African countries to promote the use of Mass Transit which he said is more efficient in decongesting the road transport system.
He said the major cities in the country, Abuja Kano and Lagos, would use the light rail which will be opened in Abuja on 12 July to link airport with the centre city.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport Mr Sabiu Zakari said this; government has invested a lot in the rail development and coaches and wagons to move passengers and Cargoes will be brought in to reduce the numbers of trucks that will be on the high way that create a lot of accidents, dilapidation of roads causing a lot of problems that are avoidable if the rail is being used.
Source: Voice of Nigeria