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NIMASA DG, Utomi uphold inter-agency collaboration, strong institutions as prerequisite for effective transport system


R-L: Guest Speaker,  Prof Pat Utomi, New President, Chartered
Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria, Mr Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, Former
Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Chief Adebayo Sarumi and
Member, Board of Trusty, Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of
Nigeria, Mr Ikokide Zebulon at the Investiture ceremony of the new CIOTA
President in Lagos. 

The Director General of the
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku
Peterside, has said that collaboration among relevant agencies and professional
bodies remains
important to the development of an effective transportation sector in Nigeria.

added that collaboration is indeed a
condition for economic development. This position was corroborated by Professor
Pat Utomi, who also emphasised the need for strong transportation

Dr. Peterside spoke in Lagos in a goodwill message at the
investiture ceremony for Dr. Bashir Jamoh, the newly-elected President of the
Chartered Institute of Transport Administration in Nigeria (CIoTA), and the
inauguration of CIoTA’s National Executive Council and Governing Council. He
said NIMASA was committed to the actualisation of a robust transportation
sector in the country.

The DG, who
was represented by the Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage
Services, Mr. Gambo Ahmed, said the Agency will continue to work with
professionals in the transportation industry to make the sector more viable and
globally competitive.

He applauded
the election of Jamoh, who is also NIMASA’s Executive Director, Finance and
Administration, as President of CIoTA. Dakuku expressed the readiness of the
Agency to work with the institute and other relevant bodies to realise a viable
transportation sector, which will in-turn aid economic growth and development.
“In NIMASA, we have adopted collaboration as a
means to achieving our mandates, because we know we cannot do it alone. The
transport sector is too large, hence the need for concerted efforts, through
partnerships, cannot be overstated, as this is the only way we can compete
favourably with other nations in the globe,”
 the DG

Professor Pat
Utomi delivered the keynote address at the occasion, with the theme, Ensuring Competitiveness and Attractiveness
in the Nigerian Transportation Sector – The Role of Professional Bodies.”

Utomi said in
his paper that infrastructure and solid institutions were key to resolution of
the challenges facing the transportation sector, saying the solution lies with
professionals in the sector.

He noted that
the economy depended solely on the transportation sector for growth and
survival and charged the newly elected executives to come up with globally
acceptable positions, which they should present to those in authority to move
the transportation sector forward.  

While bemoaning
the gridlock in the Apapa area of Lagos, Utomi called on the professionals to
work with the government in ensuring that intermodal transportation was
achieved, as it will also help the economy to develop.

In his
acceptance speech, the newly elected President of CIoTA stated that there was a
symbiotic relationship between transportation and life.No matter where you come from, you must use
one means of transportation or another”,
 he said.

Jamoh said
the institute was created to augment government’s efforts by proffering
possible solutions to the challenges facing the transportation sector in
Nigeria. He promised that CIoTA would work with relevant bodies and associations
to ensure the realisation of an efficient transportation sector.

Jamoh also
said the institute would in the next few months come up with some programmes and
also create a platform where all transport-related bodies would come together
to brainstorm and share ideas with the relevant authorities for the development
of the sector.  
In attendance
at the event were Chairman, Board of Trustees of CIoTA Nigeria, HRM Alaiyeluwa
Oba Rafiu Babatunde Balogun, Adetoyose Ejalonibu II, Elejinrin of Ejinrin Land,
Lagos State; Chief Adebayo Sarumi; and Otunba Kunle Folarin, among other
notable stakeholders in the transportation sector. 

CIoTA was
established in Nigeria in 1982, as an affiliate of the Institute of Transport
in the United Kingdom.

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