OrderPaperToday – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has disclosed that Nigeria recorded about 3,700 road accidents in the 4th quarter of the year 2021.
Gbajabiamila stated this in Abuja during a public hearing on a ‘Bill for an Act to Repeal the Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology’ organised by the House Committee on Transport.
Represented by the House Deputy Leader, Peter Akpatason, the Speaker argued the bill when passed will encourage economic diversification and provide investment and employment.
Describing transportation as old as human existence, he explained that the potential of transport has not been fully harnessed in the country. He further made a call for the sector to be properly harnessed for growth and development to ensure employment.
While pointing out the role of good roads, he called on owners of cars and any vehicular movement to ensure proper maintenance.
Chairman of the House Committee on Transport, Tajudeen Abbas in his remark noted that developing nations have an alarming figure of road mishaps which stood at about 1.3 million per annum. He stressed that Nigeria is faced with a quagmire of road mishaps.
According to Abbas, the House Committee on Land Transport is aware of all these menaces and it is working assiduously to see how they can be brought to a halt or the barest minimum.
He explained further that this is what necessitated the industry players meeting to brainstorm and to bring to bare on experiences and knowledge to make the bill a better one.
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“The Committee on Land Transport is desirous to promulgate laws that would turn around the transport sector within the shortest possible time,” he said.
While acknowledging that transport is important and necessary as it supports economic development, the House Committee Chairman noted that the House together with the Ministry is working together to come up with a legislation that can reposition the sector.
He hinted that they will begin with the establishment of the Transport Institute.
On her part, the Minister of State for Transport, Gbemisola Saraki commended the House for organising the public hearing.
She however appealed that the National Assembly repeal and enact the Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology Bill to include courses of instruction and training for the general development of the transport and logistics sector of the Nigerian economy for junior, middle, semi cadre, managers, technicians, technologist, artisan and for related matters.
“It is the ministry’s objective that it (Institute) should be supported and encouraged to achieve its full potential to become an institution of global standards, that within the next few years, it will also be a self-funding institution,” the Minister said.
She, therefore, assured that as a ministry, they will continue to work closely with the legislature.