Transportation Ministry partners with World Bank on transport policy

Hauwa Mustapha, Abuja

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Transportation is set to partner with the World Bank on the development of a comprehensive Land Transportation Policy in the country.

Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi stated this while receiving a team from the World Bank, Washington, Dc, United State of America, led by Senior Transport Engineer, Africa Region Transport Unit, Tesfamichael Nahusenay Mitiku.

Mr Amaechi said the Ministry of Transportation is ready to work harmoniously and partner with the World Bank team on the development of a comprehensive Policy guideline that would promote and galvanize Land Transportation in the country.

 “I will be glad if you can work with us and develop a comprehensive Land Transportation Policy”, he said.

The Minister reiterated that the Ministry of Transportation had not been able to take full charge of Land Transportation due to lack of relevant and appropriate Policy guidelines for necessary Administrative Management.

Mr Amaechi said he regretted the gap created presently which is hampering the efforts of the Ministry at revamping the Sector.

Railway Lines

On the development and revamping of the Rail Sector, the Minister reiterated that the Railway lines being constructed would be linked to Ports as it is done in other clime, he added that the major problems envisaged for this laudable project was that a lot of demolition of existing structures along the Rail line would take place which would attract huge compensation on the part of Government.

According to him, when completed the whole Country would linked by Rail which would address the challenges associated with the movement of goods and services in the Country.

On his part, the leader of the Team, Tesfamichael Nahusenay Mitiku said the team was in the Ministry to inform the Minister of its interest of the World Bank to identify and partner with the Ministry to   develop Land Transportation Policy and Capacity building for Land transport Administration and  Management.

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