The Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria, says it is collaborating with Bayero University Kano (BUK) to produce more professionals and develop competencies in research in transport and logistics industry in Nigeria.
The Acting Director-General and Chief Executive of NITT, Dr Bayero Salih-Farah, disclosed this while receiving a team of transport experts from the Faculty of Engineering, BUK, led by Prof. Hashim Alhassan, in Zaria, Kaduna State.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Director, Public Affairs, NITT, Mr Paul Mshelizah, to the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Zaria.
The acting director-general expressed the institute’s readiness to ensure sound and active collaboration with the university towards transforming the transport and logistics sector to be more effective and efficient.
Salih-Farah decried the scant interest in transport and logistics education as well as the dearth of professionals in the industry.
“We welcome BUK into the category of institutions providing transportation education; little wonder the Federal Government is keen on setting up a Transportation University to close the gap and make more professionals available,” he said.
Reaffirming NITT’s willingness to cooperate with BUK, Salih-Farah said: “We will be glad to work with you to produce more professionals and develop competencies in research in the transport and logistics industry in Nigeria.”
He said in addition to the affiliation with Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, to run Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s programmes, NITT was still “working on new programmes which we may wish to collaborate further particularly in the areas of Engineering.
“We want to work on programmes that cover Railway Engineering, Highway Engineering, Marine Engineering, Aeronautics and Automobile Engineering, among others.”
He, therefore, thanked the BUK delegation for extending the hands of friendship and cooperation.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the BUK delegation, Prof. Hashim Alhassan, said the team’s familiarisation tour was at the instance of the Vice-Chancellor, who after an interaction with Transportation Initiative Group, an NGO, directed them to link up and network with NITT.
He said the essence was to explore what they were doing to see how the university could help grow NITT and BUK so that transportation would be better “for all of us”.
The don observed that “transportation is the economy”, adding that synergy among stakeholders is imperative in order to “deliver the services required to sustain the economy’’.
Alhassan explained that the choice of NITT was informed by the institute’s critical efforts towards professionalising the transport industry.
“You are rich in terms of manpower and equipment,” he said.
He therefore suggested that NITT should establish a National Transport Research Centre to encourage and attract high calibre attention, thus, making it not only competitive, but also distinctively unique.
The Registrar of the Institute, Malam Sule Bello, noted that dialogue and synergy were indispensable factors in sustainable growth and progress of any organisation.
Bello further observed that NITT’s study centres in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Gombe, Ebonyi and Kano would make the institute’s professional training programmes readily available and accessible to clients in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.
The registrar commended the vision and insight of the vice chancellor and reiterated NITT’s willingness and readiness to collaborate with BUK.
Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola