Transport institute unveils plans to tackle traffic, boost transport
Abuja, Dec. 3, 2019 The Chartered Institute Of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIOTA) says it will work at ensuring ease of traffic in the country.
Dr National Transportation Summit in Abuja on Monday.
members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
“Everyone is suffering due to the bad conditions of our roads. The gridlock at Apapa port is worrisome and embarrassing to Nigeria.
”For over two to three months, the Presidential Committee on Apapa gridlock has worked tirelessly on the traffic situation in and around the ports, without much success.
“In every country that I have visited, the most important roads are usually the access roads leading to the seaports.
“CIOTA is going to be part and parcel of the effort to resolve the hydra-headed monster called Apapa gridlock.
“After vigorous research, CIOTA has come up with what we call a volunteer group to bring an end to Apapa gridlock.
“We will partner with the NYSC and ask them to give us some of their members who will be enlisted in the volunteer group of CIOTA.
”They will be dressed in CIOTA uniform and deployed, through collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), to address the gridlock in and around the seaport.
“By the first quarter of 2020, the volunteer group will be on the roads to restore sanity,” he said.
interface with the Head of Service and the Ministry of Education to ensure that transportation was truly professionalised.
He added that CIOTA would ensure that the country had people that could reinvigorate, re-design, and rebuild transportation systyem in the country.
“This is the area of advocacy that we will ensure is taken care of without further delay,” Jamoh said.
In his remark, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello, reiterated the need for transportation in the country to be handled by professionals.
On his part, the Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, restated the importance of railway transport to the development of the country.
Okhiria said that plans were already underway by the Federal Government to link up every part of the country through the rail system.
Edited & Vetted By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and Ephraims Sheyin
COVID-19: Institute donates nose masks to support ‘MaskUpLagos’
The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) has donated cartons of branded nose masks to Lagos State Government.
The body, in a statement on Sunday by its Registrar/CEO, Mrs Taiwo Ganiyat Olusesi, said the gesture was part of its support to the MaskUpLagos initiative to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Olusesi said the Institute, a forerunner of ethics and corporate governance practices, must show its support by availing lending hands to the efforts of the government at curtailing the spread of COVID-19.
“It has already caused a lot of havoc to individuals, national and global economy.
“We must find a way to move on and revive our economy till an end comes to this scourge.
“To this end, we are donating 5 cartons of facemasks to support the government in its MaskUpLagos initiative,” she said.
The Commissioner of Office of Establishment and Training, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Abiodun Bamgboye, lauded the efforts of the Institute in its support to the state government.
Ponnle implored the Institute to partner the state government in the areas of staff training and capacity building.
Institute urges NPA to include stakeholders in review of concession agreement
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT Nigeria) on Saturday urged the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to include stakeholders in the review of the port concession agreement.
The programme was themed,” Supply Chain Management: Domesticating Best Models for Port Efficiency”.
According to him, for any port to be efficient, it must meet the expectations of its users and in that regard, that expectation must be competitive.
“It is obvious that in recent years, we have entered into some models which are expected to improve the efficiency of our ports as component of the supply chain. The activities at the ports must be in sequence with the life cycle of any cargo in transit.
“That model is the port concession arrangement we entered over a decade ago and the essence was to bring private hands in and take away cargo handling from the NPA.
“NPA is still in the process of reviewing that concession agreement; it has not been concluded.
“The only observation is that they have not taken on board other stakeholders who can bring in other ideas to have a near perfect agreement.
“This was the mistake they made at the initial agreement and as they are about reviewing the agreement, it is expected that they will include other stakeholders to draw up the agreement to forestall some of the challenges hindering efficiency at the ports,” he said.
He noted that unfortunately, the agreement did not take into consideration the social repercussion of the concession itself as it would have included port access in that agreement.
“If we had tinkered with it then, this problem would have been solved by now,’’ Jibril added.
The institute’s boss said that a certain radius within the two main ports would be designated port areas and there would be control of movement of vehicles and the terminal operators would be fully involved in that in conjunction with government.
“I think that the agreement was a little bit flawed in that direction and that is why we have seen that for several years after the concession.
“We keep paying severance benefits to port workers who at times became disenchanted and stopped work and this introduced inefficiency in the way we had handled cargo at the seaports,” he said.
Jibril noted that after a decade and evaluating the situation at the port, he could quite say that some of the ports had been quite efficient but that was not to say that we had achieved what we wanted at the port.
He said that there were certainly some fundamental constraints and the first issue was that most of the seaports were like river ports, saying that they could not attract large vessels because of their shallow channels.
The CILT Nigeria boss said that NPA had introduced a few measures to improve the efficiency of port operations such as the Vessel Tracking System, which was supposed to give the country a port domain awareness of all vessels that were coming in to berth.
He pointed out that NPA was seriously working on a single window platform so that importers would have one portal to contend with and also creating holding bays to reduce congestion on the bridges and road access to the ports.
Jibril said that for ports operations efficiency, there was need to integrate all the four modes of transportation to the ports, noting that this could be achieved through the implementation of the National Transport Policy.
“The best thing that will happen to Nigeria is if we can achieve intermodal means of transportation. We need to have a plan which can be achieved from the National Transport Master Plan got from the National Transport Policy.
“Government decided to focus on the rail because this is the mode that moves the largest quantity of goods across the nation cheaper and safer.
“There is also the need for private sector involvement in the railway construction so as to open doors for more efficient railway transport mode in the country,” he said.
He also called for the regulation of pricing in the transportation industry and also for other services at the ports, saying that multiplicity of charges would not bring about efficiency in the system.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
2020 farming season:Institute advises farmers to extend planting of crops
Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) Zaria, Kaduna State, has advised farmers to extend planting date of crops by at least two weeks beyond normal planting period to enhance production in the 2020 wet season farming.
The Executive Director of the Institute, Prof. Mohammed Ishiyaku, gave the advice in a statement issued on Tuesday in Zaria.
Ishiyaku advised farmers to use medium maturing variety where available, or further delay planting of early maturing variety that were available with them.
“A nitrogen fertilizer that is NPK 20:10:10 should be applied in at least three splits for cereal crops like maize, sorghum and millet in the region.
“In essence, fertilizer should be applied during planting as first dose, second dose should be applied two weeks after planting, while the last application should be at six weeks after planting,’’ Ishiyaku said.
Ishiyaku said the advice was part of the recommendations of a meeting between IAR, Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, and other stakeholders.
Ishiyaku said that key issues that required urgent attention of policy makers, farmers and other key stakeholders included prediction and projection of delay in onset of rainfall and delay in cessation of rainfall in the northern and southern guinea savannahs.
He said the total amount of rainfall to be expected in 2020 would be similar with previous years, except that the number of rainy days would decrease.
He said with this, farmers were therefore advised to plant crop varieties that had the medium maturity period to escape floods and harvest losses due to anticipated prolonged rainfall.
“ A moderate increase in the intensity of rainfall will be experienced during the 2020 rainy season which may result in flooding and excessive water for certain crops like maize, thereby causing harvest rots and washing off fertilizer,’’ Ishiyaku said.
Lagos BRT operators to roll out more buses – Transport Commissioner
Dr Frederic Oladeinde, Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, says more Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will soon be rolled out to address the chaotic situation at major bus stops.
Oladeinde announced this at a ministerial press briefing in commemoration of the first year in office of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu at Ikeja on Wednesday.
He said the state government was currently working with selected operators to ensure the buses are rolled out, as soon as possible, to offer relief to commuters along the Agege Motor Road and Lagos Abeokuta Expressway.
Oladeinde added that the state had completed the Oshodi-Abule Egba Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor.
“The Oshodi to Abule Egba Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor has been completed,’’ he said.
On Bus Shelters under construction across the metropolis, Oladeinde said that the bus terminals in Agege, Ojota, Ajah, International Airport, Yaba and Oyingbo were at different stages of completion.
He said that the projects would facilitate full rollout for the Bus Reform Initiative (BRI) of the state government.
On the restriction of motorcycles and tricycles in some parts of the state, Oladeinde said the state government was still working harder on mobility solution.
“Following the restriction of motorcycles and tricycles, for commuter operations in some areas within the metropolis, the Lagos State Government is working on implementing a First Mile and Last Mile (FMLM) mobility solution.
“We have identified 285 last-mile routes within the seven Bus Reform Initiative zones across Lagos.
“We have developed bus specifications and shared same with potential bus manufacturers.
“We expect these to be rolled out in the next two months,’’ he said.
He added that two control centres have been set up at Ikeja Bus Terminal and LBSL’s Oshodi Depot.
“In the last one year of this administration, there has been an improvement in the public transit system through the deployment of 200 high capacity buses to move Lagosians from one destination to the other on daily basis.
“During the year under review, more than 80,000 passengers were commuted daily and recently 10 million passengers was achieved in 10-month operation of the Lagos Bus Service Limited (LBSL),’’ the commissioner said.
“As this administration progresses, we must continue to pursue vigorously, within the timeframe and limited resources, the state’s vision of transforming Lagos into a Smart City that is safe, secured, functional and productive.
“This administration has employed international best practice models and reforms for effective transformation of Lagos State.
“There exists a lot of untapped ease of transportation modes, in which solid foundation has been laid to accommodate more bricks.’’
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)