BY JOYCE OKOLI
The 3rd annual National Transport Summit (NATS) put together by the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration (CIoTA) Nigeria will hold between December 6-8, 2021 at the Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, the group has announced.
Speaking at a Press Briefing, President of the Association, Dr. Bashir Jamoh said that this year’s summit would review technical and safety regulations within all modes of transport.
According to him, the event themed “Regulating the Transport Sector in Nigeria: The State of the Art and the Years Ahead” would “ examine the current state of the practice in economic, technical, and safety regulation in the transport sector of Nigeria involving all modes.
” In achieving this, the summit will interrogate the scope and implication of ongoing reforms in the transport sector by bringing together critical stakeholders, experts, and policymakers to share global best practices in the field of technical and economic regulations.
“At the end of the event, the summit will proffer different recommendations on how the country can use economic and technical regulations as veritable tools for sustainable transport development,” he stated.
Jamoh, who was represented by the Registrar of the Association, Mr. Rasheed Aiyelabegan, noted that the institute is committed to the responsibility that the Federal Government Act No.27 of 2019 establishing the group conferred on it.
He disclosed that about 500 participants, including policymakers in ministries such as Transportation, Works, Aviation, and Petroleum Resources, are expected at the summit.
The sub-themes of the event are: Technical and Safety Regulation in the Maritime Sector in Nigeria; Technical and Safety Regulation in the Rail Sector in Nigeria; Technical and Safety Regulation in the Road Sector in Nigeria; Technical and Safety Regulation in the Air Sector in Nigeria; Technical and Safety Regulation in the Pipeline Sector in Nigeria; and Technical and Safety Regulation in the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in the Nigeria Transport Sector.d multilateral agencies, academicians, transport professionals, and the general transport community.
The Chairman of the Summit’s Planning Committee, Chief Osuala Nwagbara also addressing the pressmen said that CIoTA’s advocacy in the last two years has recorded successes, awakening the consciousness for professionalism in the sector across various spheres of the industry.
“Talking about successes recorded in the 1st and 2nd summit, you cannot talk about sustainable transport without talking about regulations which we ate focusing on this year.
“But you would agree that there have been developments that have been driven by the advocacy of the institute as a fall out of the various summits that we have had. I am sure that you have seen a lot of developments in the rail sector. I am sure you have also noticed even in the maritime transport, you have also seen a lot of developments that are new.
“Today we talk about badging operations, and we talk about safety of badging operations. This year’s summit will be looking at regulations focusing on safety, pricing and it will also focus on a secured transport. So technical regulation, economic regulation is what this year is focusing on.
“With the first which rightly identified the various transport modes that we have in Nigeria and the sustainability of this transportation modes. You could see that since our last summit, we have identified that there is need to adopt other modes than road in evacuating containers, goods from the port.
“We have been able to show that rail transport is not only affordable, Nigeria can decide to have rail transport infrastructure and that it can provide affordable and safe cheap service to move people from one point to the other, move goods from one point to the other. You would see today that containers can move from the port up to kano and vice versa. Import and export can move from Mano to the port and vice versa.”