Good days seems to be on the way for the Nigeria transport sector as a bill for an Act that will establish the Institute of Transport Management and Administration in Nigeria, recently on scale through second reading at the House of Representatives.
Sponsored by Oghene Egoh (Lagos-PDP), the bill seeks to advance the Nigeria transport sector to meet international best practices. Egoh had argued at the floor of the house that the transport sector in the country lacked complete regulation and control, stressing that the institute when established would be dedicated to ensuring the proper management of road, air, water and rail transportation in the country.
According to the legislator, a structure already exists in the country, saying a legal backing was all that was needed. He pointed out that transport management has not been accorded adequate recognition in Nigeria as others such as the law, education, engineering and medical sectors, adding that institute would be saddled with the responsibility of ensuring advancement of study, training and practice of transport management in the country.
Lending his voice to debate on the bill, Olayonu Tope (Kwara-APC) said the impact of effective transport management on the economy would be very significant, adding that the economic benefits of free movement of people, goods and services makes the transport sector as important as the oil and gas sector.
In his support for the bill, Edward Pwajok (Plateau-APC) said effective transport management would ensure better traffic control, adding that, the institute when established would also produce experts that would manage the Federal Ministry of Transportation and all its affairs.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of representative, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, in his ruling has directed that the bill be forwarded to the Committee on Land Transport for further legislative action.