Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has called for introduction of stringent conditions for establishment of universities in the country, to ensure high standard.
Gbajabiamila said this at Wednesday’s plenary in Abuja.
He was speaking on a report of a bill for the establishment of Federal University, Daura, Katsina State.
He said that the conditions would prevent the proliferation of universities in the country.
“There is a balance between demands by constituents and what is good when we know what is right.
“I think this matter will be resolved when we pass the National University Commission (NUC) bill, where perhaps, we can make establishment of universities more stringent.
“Otherwise, you will run into a situation where a state government or whoever will just come, get a building or three buildings together and say they want a university,” he said.
According to him, the stringent measures will be in place until such a time when the government is no longer funding universities, then you can have 200 in a state.
Earlier, Deputy Speaker Ahmed Wase, faulted the speaker’s position on the matter, saying that many lawmakers have promised their constituents that they would attract tertiary institutions to their areas.
According to him, this is because some lawmakers have promised their constituents a tertiary education.
Also, Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta) said that the lawmakers were under pressure from constituents on the establishment of university.
“In my opinion, I think it is not wise to shut down every voice or every member on this floor as it relates to sponsoring a bill for the establishment of either college of education or polytechnic or university in their various communities.
“I said this because when you go tot he constituencies and you are talking to the constituents, most often, the first thing they ask you is; why are you not bringing any school to your constituency?
“And when you say it is not possible and they see your colleagues sponsoring same bills for the establishment of universities, it becomes a negative for you as an individual who is representing them.
“So, whether it is assented to by the President or not, it is not the issue; the issue is that member is able to show that he has the interest of his or her constituents at heart,” he said.
Rep. Ifeayi Momoh (APGA-Anambra) faulted the transport university, Daura, establishment bill, saying that the National Institute of Transportation Technology (NITT), Zaria should be upgraded rather than establishing a new university.
“I am just thinking aloud because we have the NITT -Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology – in Zaria.
“When there is an institute of transport technology, which deals with the science of transportation itself, why are we now looking at establishing a Federal University of Transportation?
“We can amend the enabling law and upgrade NITT to a federal university; the constant proliferation of universities in our country is not helping us,” he said.
Alhaji Umar Atiku, Emir of Akko in Gombe State has sponsored 10 youths to train as welders and fabricators as part of efforts to address restiveness in the community.
The training was also organised so that the beneficiaries could become self-reliant.
The emir spoke at the graduation and presentation of certificates to the beneficiaries in Kumo, headquarters of Akko Local Government Area of the state on Monday.
He said he was confident that the training would achieve its intended purposes.
The training was conducted at the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT) Northeast office in Kumo. The emir charged the beneficiaries to be committed to their livelihoods and to train more youths.
Atiku cautioned youths to desist from drug abuse and promised to encourage philanthropists in the emirate to sponsor more youths to acquire skills.
He commended NITT for bringing the training programmes to his emirate and assured that more participants would be sponsored to train in different aspects of transport technology and other skills.
In his remarks, Mr Samson Simon, Liaison Officer of NITT commended the emir for sponsoring the youths and called on philanthropists, politicians and traditional rulers to sponsor more people.
He noted that NITT was established to provide training for personnel in the business of transport service as well as for unemployed youths.
Simon said that NITT offered certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, post-graduate diploma and Master’s degrees in Transport and Logistics.
Some of the beneficiaries commended the emir for his efforts at ensuring that youth unemployment and restiveness in Akko emirate was reduced to the barest minimum.
They also commended the NITT for the knowledge and skills imparted in them and promised to make good use of the knowledge and skills.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria, on research and training towards enhancing maritime safety and security in Nigeria.
Dr Bashir Jamoh, the Director-General of NIMASA, said on Saturday in Zaria that the MoU was hinged on research and training with a view to enhance local content and boost the quality assurance of the institute.
The director-general noted that NITT and NIMASA have been together for over three decades.
“The MoU signing ceremony was to formalise and strengthen the relationship in terms of research, training and development,” Jamoh said.
According to him, activities of sea pirates had negatively impacted the sector in 2020 and dented the image of our country.
He however noted that the attacks by sea pirates subsided by 2021 and from January 2022 to date Nigeria did not record any attack by the pirates.
He said NIMASA achieved the success through strategic collaborations and partnerships with key stakeholders in the sector.
He added that collaboration with the NITT would further support NIMASA with research to sustain the gains and strengthen the sector.
Jamoh said with the signing of the MoU, the NITT would assist NIMASA with either research or training in wherever it observed gaps.
“If it is gaps on individuals that drive the transport industry then the gaps would be bridged in terms of training.
“If it is in terms of infrastructure, the institute will conduct research to determine the type of infrastructure that would address the identified gaps.
“If the gaps were identified in terms of the general progress of the industry, the institute would also come-in,’’ he said.
He stated that NITT was established to develop not only the maritime industry but the whole transport and logistics sector, stressing that NIMASA will sustain its support to the institute towards enhancing growth and development in the transport and logistics sector.
The Director-General of NITT, Dr Bayero Farah, said the MoU was aimed at strengthening the relationship between NITT and NIMASA so that NITT can provide more training to the staff of NIMASA.
Farah said the MoU was also hinged on collaborative research between the two agencies on critical and dynamic issues that affect the maritime industry in Nigeria.
He said:“At any time we had issues in the Maritime Sector, NITT and NIMASA would conduct a research and proffer solution based on international best practice.
“With the signing of this MoU the training of NIMASA’s managers’ cadre by the NITT towards enhancing the growth of the sector would commence with immediate effect.
The Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria, has designed a training programme for drivers of Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS), an international Catholic organisation.
This is contained in a statement by Mr Francis Thomas, the Public Relations Officer of the institute, on Friday in Zaria, Kaduna State.
It said the drivers would be trained under the short term programmes of the institute, comprising theory and practical.
The statement added that the trainee drivers would first go through a simulated road and driving environment before proceeding to the field.
It quoted Dr Danjumma Ismail, the Director, Transport Technology Centre, representative of the Director-General of the institute, Dr Saleh Farah, as saying that NITT is a multi-modal transport and logistics training institute mandated to professionalise the industry.
Farah also said that the institute had study centres in the six geopolitical zones of the country as well as driver development centres in Zaria, Ughelli and Ilorin.
He added that the training programme was very vital and would strengthen the actovoties of the JRS in its operations and safety of other road users.
Similarly, the Country Director of JRS, Mr Patrick Elamesor, said the organisation was created in 2018 as a clear response to the needs and concerns that were prevalent across the country at the time. (
By Lucy Ogalue
Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, the Minister of State for Transportation says one the priorities of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is to improve transportation infrastructure in the country.
Saraki said this at the ongoing 2021 Annual Retreat of the Nigeria Transportation Commissioners’ Forum (NTCF) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Transportation on Monday in Abuja.
The theme of the retreat is “Developing and Fostering Synergy in the Management of Sustainable Transport Policies”.
“The theme is very apt in view of the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in improving transportation infrastructure and services in order to meet the needs of our population and the Nigerian economy.
“At the heart of the economy, transport systems directly and indirectly impact GDP, living standards, employment and are enabling catalysts of the economy.
“The transportation sector is a nexus that connects all aspects of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).
“For example, ensuring food security, a cardinal pillar of the ERGP will be impossible without the transportation systems that brings food from the farms to markets, factories and dinner tables.
“Nigeria’s transportation sector has for long been under significant strain with adverse impact on the country’s economic development, therefore, improving transportation infrastructure and services is one of the priorities of this administration as part of the ERGP.’’
According to Saraki, across the road, rail and maritime sub-sectors, there are unprecedented levels of development.
She said, however, that a lot needed to be done to attain the quality of transportation systems required to support the country’s economic aspirations.
“Amongst the modes of transport, only the road sector is on the concurrent list, thereby, requiring considerable coordination and synergies between the federal, the states and the local governments.
“It is our firm belief that the road transport sector can be a big contributor to national GDP, an enabler of economic growth and source of millions of jobs if properly harnessed.
“The road transport sector is beset by a myriad of challenges which require urgent and sustained intervention.
“In order to address these challenges, the Federal Ministry of Transportation has embarked on a Road Transport Transformation Programme with the theme “Moving Nigeria Safely and Securely into the Future.
“This is a comprehensive and far-reaching programme of reform touching on all the aspects of road transportation,’’ the lawmaker said.
On security, the senator said the ministry was collaborating with law enforcement authorities, coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser on a Road Transport Security Summit.
According to her, the summit, which will hold shortly will discuss, address and develop far-reaching solutions to the road transport security challenges.
Saraki said: “On the environmental front, we seek to develop and implement an eco-sustainability agenda for the road transport sector to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“This will include defining emission standards and transitioning to cleaner fuels and renewables.
“On gender diversity, we aim to improve the participation of women in the road transport sector through policies, incentives, training and empowerment initiatives.
“We are also aggressively promoting the use of technology within the road transport sector. This starts from the aforementioned licensing and registration regime to collecting passenger manifests, real time trip information, electronic payments systems, etc.
“This will go a long way toward delivering efficient transport services and is also a key element to improving security of road transport.
“The NITT has this year embarked on a National Transport Databank project, which will be the beginning of developing our national intelligent transport infrastructure.
“Finally, we are working to accelerate Nigeria’s compliance with and implementation of transport protocols and conventions including implementation of the ECOWAS Inter-State Road Transit Scheme (ISRT).
“Empowering the existing National Facilitation Committee on Road Transport and Transit created by ECOWAS in member states; and accelerating the construction and completion of National Freight Offices.’’
According to Saraki, there is an opportunity for Nigeria to leverage its geographical position, its large domestic market and industrial capacity to become the Transportation Hub for Africa with the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
She said however that it would require smart, rigorous, foresighted planning and swift, diligent execution that would be done collectively to achieve the feat.
Saraki reiterated her commitment and passion to change the narrative of the road transport sub-sector in the country.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani, also reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to ensure a multi-modal transportation system that would guarantee socio-economic prosperity of Nigeria by boosting the efficiency of trade/commerce, logistic and industrial sub-sectors of the economy.
Ajani said the potential for growth and development of the sub-sector was quite promising but in dire need of urgent attention, adding that it was considered critical to economic growth of the country.
“It is therefore incumbent upon those of us gathered in this hall today to explore innovative and transformative initiatives that will help improve the Road Transport Sub-sector for optimal performance and enhanced productivity.
“I therefore enjoin you as key players in the sub-sector to put in your best with a view to coming up with implementable policy recommendations in line with global best practices that will reposition the sub-sector for better performance.
“I encourage you all to approach this retreat with a forward-looking, long-term commitment to true stewardship needed to actualise the aspirations, goals and objectives of the various states and FCT as well as national cohesion in the transportation sector.
“I am optimistic that the recommendations and communiqué that emanate from this retreat will be implemented to the letter by all the 36 states of the federation and FCT. (NAN)(NAN)
By Mustapha Yauri
Nigerian Institute of Transportation Technology (NITT), Zaria has set up a 22-member project team for the development of an electric vehicle.
Inaugurating the team on Thursday in Zaria, Mr. Olorogun-John Inojeharho, chairman of the NITT board, said the project aims to reduce emissions and pollution.
“The establishment of this project team was in accordance with the directives of the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi in 2019.
Inojeharho therefore urged the committee to work tirelessly towards achieving this feat to justify the trust placed in them and put NITT on the world map as an organization that has converted a fuel vehicle into an electric vehicle.
The team, he said, should develop a plan that will guide the evolution of the NITT model of electric vehicle.
Other terms are, he added, are to evolve the technology / design framework of the NITT model of electric vehicle; Develop a prototype of the NITT electric vehicle and promote the NITT model of electric vehicle in the Nigerian automotive industry.
Others should determine the budget allocation to support the new project, identify capacity building needs for the sustainability of the new project and establish the need for technical support or partnership with other institutions or organizations. research.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the team has Dr Bayero Salih-Farah, director general of the institute as chairman, other members are Elkanah Ngbale, director of the transport technology center of the Institute, Dr Felicia Nwanosike, Director of the School of Transport and Dr Ibrahim Mundi, Director of ICT, Libraries and Information Services, among others.
In his remarks, Salih-Farah thanked the NITT Board of Directors for the nomination of the team.
Salih-Farah also acknowledged the enormity of the task at hand, noting that it would require a lot of support from the council as well as the government in terms of resources and technical know-how. (NOPE)(NAN)
By Mustapha Yauri
The National Institute for Transport Technology (NITT) Zaria, has concluded plans to unveil hybrid tricycles to strengthen road transport in towns and villages in Nigeria.
Dr Bayero Salih-Farah, director general of the institute, revealed it during an interaction with reporters in Zaria on Wednesday.
He said the institute's team of engineers are working on an NITT model of a hybrid (electric) tricycle, which has reached an advanced stage.
“This we hope to launch as soon as the work is finished.
"NITT has deployed a team of committed engineers to work on the institute's electric vehicle model in conjunction with captains of industry and other relevant government institutions to make this dream a reality," said he declared.
In addition, Mr. Elkana Mbale, director of the institute's Transportation Technology Center, said the hybrid tricycle will use both electric and gasoline motors.
According to Mbale, tricycles are the most common mode of road transport in towns and cities, and hybrid tricycles would improve the road transport system.
Meanwhile, the institute acquired an 84 hectare plot from the Kaduna state government to establish a Jathropa farm for biofuel production.
According to Salih-Farah, an additional 40 hectares of land were also acquired from the Sabon Gari local government area in Kaduna state to set up a driver training and development center.
He added that the institute was on the verge of obtaining accreditation from the National Council for Technical Education to lead national degree programs in crane operation, welding and fabrication, and mechatronics. (NOPE)(NAN)
NNN: The Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), has called for partnership with the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA) to enhance businesses in Nigeria.
The Director-General, Dr Bayero Farah, made the call at a seminar on the 3rd day of 41st Kaduna International trade fair on Monday in Kaduna.
The theme of the seminar was ‘Unlocking Nigeria’s Economic Potentials through Regional Integration.’
Farah who was represented by Dr Baba Ibrahim-Mundi, a deputy director at NITT, said partnership with KADCCIMA and other economic business bodies was needed in view of the relevance of vibrant transportation system to businesses.
He noted that NITT trained people on transportation and logistics in Nigeria which has impacted positively on the ease of movement of goods and services for maximum benefit and minimal waste by business organisations and persons.
“From our researches, we got to know that majority of our problems in this country borders on transportation, this is because of the poor road infrastructures and lack of regulations of road transportation.
“The main reason we came here is to partner with KADCCIMA, also a lot of people are craving to come and participate in this trade fair but transportation is one of the basic issues that may have prevented them.
“We can partner with KADCCIMA and other relevant bodies across the state to benefit from knowledge on transportation and logistics.
“The economic potentials of Nigeria cannot be unlocked without transportation, this has to do with exhibitions and having quality goods become valued when they move from one point to another.
“Nigeria does not have a national transport system as a policy, the NITT has alone been on the forefront of this issue for many years and has yet to see the light of the day.
“The larger part of those responsible for economic growth are those petty traders and you don’t become a petty trader if you don’t move around, therefore the government must invest heavily it for economic development,” Ibrahim-Mundi said.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Ekemini Ladejobi
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr Bayero Salih-Farah as the substantive Director-General and Chief Executive officer of Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria, for a four-year tenure.
The Director, Public Affairs, NITT, Mr Paul Mshelizah, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Zaria.
Mashliza said the appointment was communicated via a letter signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Alhaji Sabiu Zakari.
According to him, the letter indicates that the appointment takes effect from Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.
He said the letter read in part: “I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, by a letter Ref. No. PRES/99/MT/26, dated January 13, 2020, has approved your appointment as the Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria, Kaduna State.
“The appointment is for four years tenure effective from January 13, 2020 in accordance with Section 7 of the NITT Act Cap No. 116 LFN 2010.”
Mashliza added that Zakari congratulated the new director-general on his appointment and wished him a successful tenure in office.
Salih-Farah was until his new appointment the Acting Director General/Chief Executive of the institute having been appointed in acting capacity on May 6, 2019.
Born on March 11, 1964, at Kagoro, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Salih-Farah attended Kpak, Local Education Authority Primary School from 1971 to 1976.
After successful completion of primary education, he attended Katsina Teachers College from 1976 to 1981 where he obtained his Teachers’ Grade II Certificate.
He later proceeded to Usman Dan Fodio University formally University of Sokoto where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography in 1987.
Not satisfied with the first degree, Salih-Farah proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) where he obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration in 1992 and another postgraduate Diploma in Transportation at the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology NITT, Zaria in 1995.
He returned to ABU, Zaria in 1995 for his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and through hard work and resilience obtained his PhD in Management and Business Studies with Specialisation in Logistics and Freight Traffic Management from the prestigious University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom.
He took appointment with NITT Zaria as a Senior Staff Development Officer in 1994 and by dint of hard work rose to the position of Director in 2013.
All through these years, Salih-Farah has made his mark having carried out the responsibilities bestowed on him with diligence, commitment, dedication and professionalism and his performance was outstanding.
Of particular note was his ability to increase the participation level of people in NITT training programmes over these years, while serving as Director Training.
Prior to that, Salih-Farah had supported past Chief Executives to huge success in the administration of the institute where he served as Special Assistant to two former Chief Executives.
Administratively, Salih-Farah had garnered a lot of experience and thus his management style is result oriented and he is a very hands-on administrator.
“An accomplished scholar and astute administrator per excellence, the new D-G is very humble, gentle, level headed, a team player, a man of vision, a firm believer in team work, and very firm in taking decisions.
“Within the short period of his assumption of office as Acting D-G, he has done a lot to turn things around in NITT by mobilising the staff with support from the Governing Council toward repositioning the institute which are in tandem with the policy objectives of the present administration of taking the country to the next level.
“In the course of his service, he attended so many courses on transportation, across many Countries in Africa, Europe and Asia.
“He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a member of the National Council of the Institute as well as Fellow of the Institute of Transport Administration (FINSTA).
“In addition to visiting so many countries, Salih-Farah has led many teams of different segments of the Nigerian Transport and Logistics Industry to major transport and Logistics hubs in United Kingdom and Malaysia.
“Salih-Farah is happily married with children and his hobbies include current Affairs, sports and travelling,” the statement read in part.
Edited by: Folasade Adeniran/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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