The new Minister of Transportation, Mr. Muazu Sombo has pledged to give his best towards achieving President Muhammadu Buhari’s Infrastructure Development Agenda in the transport sector.Sambo said this during the handover ceremony by the former Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki on Wednesday in Abuja.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new Minister of State for Transportation, Mr Ademola Adegoroye also assumed office on Wednesday.The minister said:” I am here for a very short time. I am coming with an open mind; there is nothing under the sun you won’t hear when you move into a place.” The best thing is lead the people with an open mind. I want you to embrace me and give me all the support.”I wish we could work with my sister (Saraki) but I have a brother, one good one, goes one comes.”We will do our best and leave the rest to humanity and posterity to judge.”Earlier, the outgoing minster, while handing over, thanked the staff of the ministry and urged them to give in their best to the new ministers.Saraki said: “The team you have here are exceptionally hardworking, very quick to learn and have been exceptionally focused in ensuring to serve and assist the ministers in any and every capacity.”I am sure that they will continue to do that as you take over the reign of the ministry.”The Ministry of Transport is one of the focal point of Mr President’s agenda looking at the issue of infrastructure.”I am sure and have no doubt in my mind that the good legacy that has started in 2015 will continue.‘”If there is any way I can be of assistance to both of you, you know where I am. ”NewsSourceCredit: NAN
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state says government has introduced Computerized Vehicle Inspection System in order to reduce road accidents.
By Zubairu Idris
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state says his government had introduced the Computerized Vehicle Inspection System in order to reduce road accidents.
Ganduje made the disclosure on Friday in Kano at the opening of the Executive Session of the 16th National Council on Transportation (NCT) in Kano.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the 2021 edition of the NCT is: “Sustainable Transportation: A Panacea for National Development”,
Represented by his deputy, Dr Nasiru Yusuf-Gawuna, Ganduje said that the new vehicle inspection system was adopted to ensure the safety of drivers and other road users.
“Our intention is to reduce road crashes and fatality among motorists and other road users in the state.
“It is a technological innovation used to reduce road crashes, it will enable us to sanitise the roads and align the state with global best practice,” he said.
The governor stated that the transport system in the state was mainly road-driven.
“The transportation system is dominated by road and with a high number of private cars, tricycle operators, taxi and buses,” he said.
The governor further stated that the situation posed serious challenges which had manifested in the form of `traffic jams and avoidable accidents’.
“This is not unconnected with the presence of commercial activities in Kano which we all know to be northern Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre.
He said that the government would soon introduce a Mass Transport System, to ease transportation challenges and boost economic activities.
In his remarks, the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Ameachi, said that transportation was central to the sustainable development of any society.
“This realisation made the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to give the transport sector priority attention.
Ameachi said that the NCT was not held for the past three years due to the outbreak of the COVID-19.
He reiterated the commitment of the current administration to develop the transport sector in order to boost economic activities across the country. (www.news. ng)
By Chijioke Okoronkwo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over a virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council(FEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari is in London, UK, for a medical check-up after participating in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021 to 2025.
Ministers physically present at the virtual FEC meeting included Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, Abubakar Malami, Minister for Justice and Attorney-General and Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.
Others were, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education.
More so, Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Resources, Sabo Nanono.
Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to President are also in attendance.
At the last meeting on July 14, FEC approved N8.6 billion for the construction of vaccine laboratory, text kits for HIV/AIDS and procurement of medical equipment. (NAN)
By Lucy Ogalue
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has inaugurated an 11-member committee to investigate activities of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on May 6, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the recommendation of Amaechi for the setting up of an Administrative Panel of Inquiry to investigate the Management of the NPA.
Amaechi, while inaugurating the committee on Monday in Abuja, charged the members to be diligent and ensure they do a thorough job.
The committee’s terms of reference, he said, include examining and investigating the administrative policies and strategies adopted by NPA’s Managing Director, Hadiza Usman, and confirm compliance with extant laws and rules from 2016 till date.
”Examine and investigate issues leading to the termination of other contracts of NPA and confirm compliance with the terms of the respective contracts, court ruling and presidential directives.
“Examine and investigate compliance with communication channel, as obtained in the public service.
“Examine and investigate the procurement of contracts from 2016 to date.
“Come up with suggestions and advice that would strengthen the operations of NPA and forestall such occurrences in future.
“And any other matter that may be necessary in the course of the assignment,” the minister said.
According to Amaechi, the investigation is part of the mandate of the ministry to oversee activities of its various parastatal agencies.
“This is in the discharge of our responsibility as a ministry and I don’t see why anybody is complaining.
“What is wrong in looking at what is happening in NPA? I don’t see what is wrong in that. As the Minister of Transportation for four years, I hardly know what is happening and I want to know now.
“The president agrees with me that it’s my responsibility as minister to find out what is going on.
“It worries me that people are saying we should not ask questions. Nobody has been indicted.
“It is just, can we know what is going on in NPA? That’s the question.
“If everything is right, why do we have to bother at the end of the day?
“When you have completed your assignment, we will be glad to pass on the report to the President, but don’t forget your assignment will include activities of procurement and its processes from 2016 till date.
“And that is why you do not have a time limit. So, it will take you some time. You are not auditing, but to find out the processes.
“Please be diligent, invite anybody you want to invite, including the minister, if there are infractions you need me to clarify,” he said.
According to Amaechi, NPA is an agency that manages maritime trading activities in Nigeria and should be able to get in a lot of resources for the government to run the country.
He thanked the committee for accepting to serve and also appreciated the Minister of State for Transport, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, for her diligence on the matter.
The minister then reiterated that the public should allow the ministry do its job.
“Let us reduce the shouting and allow the committee to do their job. Then, we will come out with a report, which we will avail to the public after it is being passed to the President,” he said.
Similarly, the minister of state, describing public reactions as surprising, said the investigation was within the purview of the ministry.
“This is why the ministry supervises and part of that role is looking, asking questions and ensuring that things are done in due process.
“For the panel, there is so much noise, so it’s best you block your ears, keep your head down and do what is in the interest of the entire country,” Saraki said.
Responding, the Chairman of the committee, Mr Suleiman Auwalu, Director of Maritime Services of the ministry pledged the commitment of other members to diligently carry out the duties assigned to them.
Auwalu said: “I assure you that we are going to work; we are going to be honest and fair in the discharge of this responsibility.
”At the end of the day, we want to turn up a report that will be true and it will be in the interest of the country.
“So, we are seeking for God’s guidance for us to do the right thing at the right time.”
NAN reports that Buhari also approved that Usman stepped aside for the period of the investigation, while directing Mr Mohammed Koko to serve as the acting head of the authority. (NAN)(NAN)
By Lucy Ogalue
The Federal Government says the Lekki Deep Seaport will be a significant game-changer in Nigeria’s Maritime economy with corresponding benefits to the West and Central sub-regions of Africa.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Dr Magdalene Ajani disclosed this in a statement by Anastasia Ogbonna, Assistant Director Press and Public Relations of the Ministry, in Abuja.
Ajani made this known when she led a Ministerial Team on a quartely inspection of progress of work on the Lekki Deep Sea Port in Lagos.
According to her, the Port is designed to be the deepest port in West Africa.
The inspection comprised of an audio-visual briefing by the management of Lekki Port Enterprises, the contractors (China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd) and the Project Managers (Louis Berger Intl.) as well as a physical inspection of the works on site.
Ajani said the developers were working assiduously to meet the deadline of fourth quarter 2022 for commencement of commercial operations as directed by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
The permanent secretary was accompanied on the inspection by the Director, Maritme Services, Awal Suleiman, Director, Legal Services, Pius Oteh, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Hassan Bello.
Others include the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala- Usman, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Bashir Jamoh and other technical officers from the Ministry and the Agencies. (NAN)(NAN)
By Lucy Ogalue
The Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Corporation, (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, has buried his mother, Elder Rosa Okhiria (Nee Ijagbone), who died at the age of 85, in his country home in Iruekpen, Edo State.
A statement issued by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Transportation, Eric Ojiekwe, said the late Rosa Okhiria died on March 1 and was buried on April 24.
The NRC boss said that his Mother lived a life of giving, helping the needy and empowering her immediate community.
He added that ” rather than mourning, this day calls for celebration of a life well spent”
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, in the company of his wife, Dame Judith Amaechi, prayed for the peaceful repose of Mama Okhiria and for God to fill the vacuum created by her exit.
According to Dr Magdalene Ajani, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, life expectancy in Nigeria is low, noting that for her to get to 85 is worthy of celebration.
Ajani equally acknowledged the selfless qualities of the late matriarch and prayed God to grant her eternal rest.
The Officiating Pastor, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor James Oluologun, in his sermon lauded the many qualities of Rosa Okhiria (aka Mama Medical).
Oluogun also disclosed that the deceased donated the piece of land on which the church in Iruekpen stood today.
Dignitaries in attendance at the burial include, Wife of the Chief of Defence Staff, Victoria Irabor, the Auditor-General of the Federation; Adolphus Aghughu, APC Edo gubernatorial candidate in the last election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and members of the National Assembly among others.(NAN)