ShareTweetEmail0sharesBy Shola Fadeyi The National President of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administrators (CIoTA) , Dr Bashir Jamoh (Middle) , Deputy National President ,Mr... CIoTA Holds Summit on Sustainable Transport Infrastructure in Abuja, Dec 1

By Shola Fadeyi

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The National President of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administrators (CIoTA) , Dr Bashir Jamoh (Middle) , Deputy National President ,Mr Darlington Ofor(Left) and Chairman,Organsing Committee , 2nd CIOTA National Transportation Summit, Barrister Emmanuel Nwagbara at the Press Conference organised in Lagos  to announce the event.



A National Transport Summit, expected to contribute to various efforts in Nigeria, at having an enduring and sustainable transport infrastructure in the country, and which will  address other issues in the sector,  is to be organised in Abuja by the Chartered Institute of Transport  Administrators  (CIoTA)   from December 1 to 3 , 2020.

According to the National President of CIoTA, Dr Bashir Jamoh who disclosed the above at a media parley yesterday in Lagos,  the Summit’s theme is ‘building a sustainable  transport infrastructure  in Nigeria: Opportunities , innovations and technologies’ while it  will also   address issues relating to funding and development of the four modes of transport.

He said that the summit will  take an holistic look at the development of the transport modes , not in silos but together , for the fact that each mode is connected to the other , while it will also explore new partnership concepts as well as make a case  for private participation in the railways.

Jamoh explained that the Summit , which is the second, since the Institute became charter seeks to build on the gains of the maiden edition held exactly one year ago  as CIoTA takes her place as the foremost and exclusive charter body  designated by legislation  to drive the Nigerian Transport sector.

The Institute’s President , who is also the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) stated that the CIoTA has outlined some  objectives which it  expects to steer the attention of experts, policy makers, players , governments  and other Nigerians at the summit.

He disclosed that they include discussion on the context  of sustainable  transport infrastructure  development in Nigeria  in relation  to the United  Nations  sustainable development  goals,  analyse the opportunities , innovations , technologies  and current challenges in the provision of air and road transportation in Nigeria.

Discuss  the automobile  industry in Nigeria  showing an example  of success  in indigenous vehicle  technology development.

Discuss alternative and innovative sources  of finance and funding , including PPP arrangements for transport infrastructure  development in Nigeria  and analyse  the role of pipeline  transportation  in the sustainable  development of transport in Nigeria.

He however explained that the rebuilding of Nigeria’s Transport infrastructure is currently in progress in many fronts adding that the rail network, highways and bridges , deep seaports and air ports concessioning are some of the areas of strategic focus.

According to him, the building of inland ports represent  a hybrid innovation  and technology for extending the hinterlands of ports , providing opportunities for  multi-modalism  in the use of rail , road transport and short  sea shipping.

Jamoh stated that there are enormous challenges  involved in the efforts , saying they include funding ,public private  partnerships (PPP) arrangement institution building, and the covid – 19 issues which have increased the risks of transportation globally.

He pledged that the summit will address the many facets of the outlined issues ,using the expertise and the rich industrial experience of the speakers , discussants and active audience participation.