By Adeola Tukuru
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has charged the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the finalisation of the Draft National Transport Policy to adopt the use of Information Technology in order to formulate a Transport Policy for the country.
Amaechi, noted this yesterday in Abuja during the presentation of report of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the finalisation of the Draft National Transport Policy.
Citing Singapore as an example, the Minister said with the advancement of Information Technology in the country has made it easy for passengers at the airport to easily access their pass, tickets among others.
“When you go to Singapore, you hardly find a passenger at their airports, you just come across very few drivers and when they come around, it doesn’t take them 3 minutes to be sorted out compared to Nigeria, where we spend days,” he said.
Also, the Chairman of the committee, Mrs Ufon Usoro, explained that the National Transport Policy is a practical and pragmatic response to Nigeria’s need for an integrated, modern and efficient transportation industry.
She said the fundamental goal of the NTP is to develop an adequate, safe, secure environmentally sound, affordable and integrated transport system within the framework of a progressive and competitive market economy.
She further emphasised the importance of integrating transport with other aspects of Government policy.
It is hope that all transport related Government Agencies in the Federal, State and Local Governments will adopt and reflect the broad principles in this document into each of their respective transport plans ,as appropriate ” she said.
She explained that the journey for the development of a National Transport Policy for Nigeria commenced in 1986, when the Minister of Transportation and Aviation appointed an Expert Committee to formulate a Transport policy for the country.