Nigeria partners with Japan on effective transportation

Hauwa Mustapha, Abuja

The Nigerian Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has promised to collaborate with the relevant stakeholders including the Japanese Government in its efforts to develop the Infrastructure in the Transportation Sector.

Mr Amaechi made this known while receiving the Delegates of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan who paid him a courtesy call in Abuja.

The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Sabiu Zakari disclosed that the Ministry is mandated to ensure timely, safe, efficient, affordable convenient and integrated intermodal Transportation system that would facilitate Nigeria’s Socio-economic needs.

We are set to achieve this mandate by partnering with relevant stakeholders to provide a seamless intermodal transportation system which is self sustaining in line with global practiceshe said.

He stated that the Policy thrust of the Government is aimed at repositioning the Transportation Sector for optimal Performance hence  the  Bills ready for Legislative Action  are : the National Transport  Commission Bill, the Ports and Harbour Authority Bill intended to broaden the scope of operations of the Ports Authority to make it more functional , promote competitiveness as well as boost revenue collection in offshore activities.

Revenue Generation

He also said that the proposed legislation on Inland waterways Bill would cover wide areas not covered by the existing Laws and generate revenue especially from the Oil Companies.

“The railway Bill will repeal 1955 act to rebrand the Nigerian railway Corporation to enable Private Sector participation in running and ownership of rail tracks and also empower states and local governments to own and operate rail facilities”.

“In the Aviation Sub-sector, Government intends to conclude all ongoing Projects and also ensures that measures are put in place to ensure safety and security at the Airports in the Country.”

The Leader of the delegation from Japan, the Deputy Minister for Construction, Engineering and Real Estate Industry Japan, Yasuki Kaibori said that they are in the Ministry of transportation to explore and identify areas of cooperation between the Nigerian Government and the Japanese Government for the benefit of the two countries.

He added that the Government of Japan is ready partner with Nigeria to promote Trade and Investment and the development of Infrastructure in the country.