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    Transport Minister Implores NITT To Devise Strategies To Advance Transportation Sector 

    ByHyacinth Chinweuba

    Dec 16, 2022

    The Honourable Minister Of Transportation, Engr Mu’azu Jaji Sambo has implored the Nigerian Institute of Transportation Technology (NITT) to devise strategies to advance the transportation sector. 

    The Minister said this during the familiarization visit to the institute on Dec. 15, 2022.

    Sambo said the strategies would increase NITT’s standard, particularly as there are upcoming Transport Schools in Nigeria.  

    “NITT should also upgrade its curriculum according to global best practice and affiliate with various research institutions thereby increasing the knowledge base of its lecturers and beneficiaries. 

    “This is necessary to place the Institute on a high pedestal and as a training hub in Nigeria, Africa and the World at large.” He said. 

    Sambo who commended the leadership of NITT for what he described as a rapid Infrastructural development of the Institute said he was delighted to be physically present to inspect, familiarise and have a firsthand knowledge of the projects and milestone achievements of the Institute

    “This unique transformation will surely open doors for more patronage,” he added. 

    Sambo said NITT was established in March 14, 1986 to solve the problems of Capacity gap in the Transportation Sector and in line with its mission has over the years rolled out competent Transport Professionals in all modes of Transport to bridge the Capacity gap in the Sector. 

    “I am particularly impressed that in a bid to align with the current trends in Transportation, NITT has taken steps to affiliate with other research institutions in the world.

    “In the same vein, I am pleased with the expanded programmes and upgraded curriculum of the School to global standards. 

    “I am particularly delighted with the Transport Technology Centre (TTC); equipped with world class equipment and tools that are designed to enable the Institute fulfill its mandate of ensuring effective and efficient transport operation and management. 

    The completion of the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) Centre will also be a major feat for the Institute and the Nigerian Transportation Sector as a whole,” he said

    Sambo said the present Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR has made transportation one of its topmost priorities and has invested considerably in the sector in the last seven years of this Administration.  

    He however said that a lot still needs to be done to advance the Transportation Sector to enable Nigeria overcome the deficit in the transport sector. 

    “While appreciating the contributions and achievement recorded so far by the Management of Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology in the area of training, research and huge investment on infrastructures, there is still need for the research Institute to do a lot more by providing a leading role in putting Nigeria Transport sector in its rightful place in the global space.

    “Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, permit me to commend the different levels of leadership in NITT for all the hard work and efforts to change the trajectory of the transport Sector for good and for being pivotal in the upward beat in the Transport industry. 

    “I Particularly thank the Governing Board of the great Institute for ensuring clarity of vision and providing good strategic directions to the Institute. This couldn’t have been without all hands been on deck. Congratulations, and keep the momentum. Thank you all and God bless.” he said .

    Sambo added that there should be no need for the agencies in the transportation sector to send their staff abroad for training when such an institute is in Zaria.

    “Madam Permanent Secretary, going forward, I’m going to scrutinize every request that comes to me for training abroad, except institutes like this do not provide such training.

    “There is no need wasting resources. We will also task the management and governing council of the NIT to please think out of the box. 

    “I am happy that the Governing Council is led by a very seasoned businessman and I am sure with his business mindset, he will bring to bear the experiences he has in business to lift NITT out of the funding challenges that it currently has. 

    “Honestly, an NITT has no business going cap in hand to the National Assembly every year, begging for appropriation. From what I’ve seen, there’s a lot of money you can make here. So as much as I will want to assist you, I also want you to do your part.

    “Together, we will take this institute to a level that will be a source of pride for every Nigeria.” He said. 

    Hyacinth Chinweuba

    HYACINTH Chinweuba is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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