Abiodun OBA |
The Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIOTA) is to pursue a well-articulated 4 -Cardinal programme to ensure professionalism in the transport industry.
The pioneer president of the institute Dr. Bashir Jamoh stated this today while welcoming guests and stakeholders to the 3-Day maiden National Transportation Summit at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.
Jamoh said the institute which shall be all embracing in its professionalism drive shall start from the grassroot shall be all encompassing different from other bodies.
He emphasized that through rigorous pursuit through Advocacy, Volunteer Group establishment, Education, Research and Development and Regular Stakeholders parley the institute shall accomplish its objectives of sanitising the transport industry.
Transportation Institute shall interface with other sectors of the economy and give its members adequate protection to reinvigorate, redesign and rejuvenate the sector.
He called on members to ensure that they are certificated in order to be able to operate effectively as touts will no longer have a field day in the Nigerian transport business.
To him, the industry which he describes as Life, cannot be left in the hands of quacks.
Speaking further, CIOTA president said with the establishment of Volunteer Group which would be out by the first quarter of year 2020, CIOTA shall be putting helping hands to ensure an end of the catastrophe at the ports especially the Apapa gridlock. He promised to synergise with the Federal Road Safety Corps and the National Youth Service Corps to be of assistance in bringing sanity to our roads.
In the area of Education, Research and Development, the Institute promises to work in collaboration with Education establishments by introducing transportation in the curriculum.
Jamoh who was full of praises for the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari University could not have come at a better time.
The CIOTA president called on stakeholders to brace up for the tasks ahead.
In his key note address, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the National Shippers’ Council Barrister Hassan Bello, congratulated members of the Institute saying Transport is strategic to every economy in the world.
Bello said with CIOTA, the concentration on one means of transportation which was as a result of lack of professionalism should be a thing of the past.
The Shippers’ Council helmsman said reiterated that modern transportation system affects growth of economy.
Bello assured that Shippers’ Council will soon come up with the bill that will introduce liability regime in carriage of goods by road and consequences of delay.
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