The minister of Transportation, Sa’idu Alkali has said that the country’s intermodal and smart transportation will be boosted when the Transport policy finally comes on stream as it will drive Economic growth and contribute to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The minister stated this in Abuja during the inauguration and orientation summit of the Nigeria Transport Commissioners Forum which has the theme “The Dynamics of a Smart Transportation, the National and Subnational Outlook,”
According to him, “Smart transportation is one of the ministries focal agenda with a target of connecting Nigeria’s seaports, dry ports and airports by a functional rail system,”
Alkali noted that collaborations with private sector and the state governments through the commissioners of transportation will be activated in the coming days to ensure that Nigeria achieves its smart transportation target.
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Also speaking, the permanent secretary in the ministry of transportation, Dr. Evelyn Ajani who was represented by the Director, Transport planning and Coordination Dr. Mercy Ilori announced that all grey areas that prevented the final ratification of Nigeria’s transport policy has now been addressed, adding that the current Federal Executive Council may will reconsider it again.
Also in his remarks, the Managing Director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation Fidet Okhiria urged states to think inwards towards establishing viable rail lines.
“Lagos just launched a blue rail transport system which can be replicated by states. What is needed is the political will and we will pattern states to address issues of Right of Way which doable,” he said.
Earlier in her remarks, the executive secretary, NTCF, Chinwe Uwaegbute, said the conference serves as an avenue for 36 states’ transport commissioners to deliberate and come up with workable solutions to transport challenges in Nigeria.