- Rotimi Amaechi, the Nigerian transport minister, is reportedly of the view that the current government should now move away from criticising past administrations
- Amaechi, a former governor, promises that his ministry would ensure maximisation of yearly budgets
- He advocates for the provisions of smart and intelligent transport systems just like in the developed world
Nigeria’s transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, has reportedly said it was time the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to move away from criticising past administrations and focus on service delivery.
Leadership reports that Amaechi stated this in Abuja when he received a report of the inter-ministerial committee for the finalization of the draft national transport policy.
The report quoted Amaechi as saying his ministry would continue to ensure that the yearly budget is maximised to benefit the common man.
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Amaechi spoke about countries like Singapore noting that for Nigeria to move on, it was time to stop the blame game and talking about what the past administrations could not achieve.
The minister also advocated for the provisions of smart and intelligent transport systems just like in the developed world.
In his remarks, the chairperson of the committee, Mfon Ekong Usoro, said: “The processes adopted for the development of the national transport policy document from commencement were basically, the identification of the relevant issues and massive consultation with stakeholders which included policy makers, implementation agencies and private sector interest groups.
“Building on this foundation, the approach adopted by the 2014 technical committee on draft NTP was to transform the document into an integrated transport policy with emphasis on integrated planning and management of inter-modal and multimodal transport systems and, very importantly, the promotion of transport as a shared responsibility between government, industry and private stakeholders.
“The 2014 technical committee conducted further research on precedents of transport policies developed by both emerging and developed economies including India, Australia, South Africa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, United Kingdom, European Union, China, and IMO Guide on Maritime Policy etc.
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“Among the significant innovations was an overhaul of the document from a review and reproduction of statutory roles of agencies under the ministry of transport to global policy initiatives on each of the transport modes and cross-cutting issues, and policy implementation arrangements and strategic action plan.”
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