…As Chief of Army Staff commends Institute
Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR has received commendation for his efforts in
transforming and promoting the transportation sector as President of the
Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA). The
accolades poured in during the 4th National Transport Summit of the Institute
in Abuja, Tuesday.
In the same vein, the Nigerian Army and other security agencies pledged their
support to the growth and improvement of the country’s transportation sector
to international standards, expressing their willingness to collaborate with
CIoTA to achieve this feat.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruq Yahaya who was represented by Maj
Gen. E Akerejola commended the President and members of CIoTA for the
many economic sectors it touches on. From facilitating international trade,
supporting food security and enabling industrial and infrastructural
The COAS stated that the theme of the summit “Transport Safety and Security
Administration in Nigeria,” was also timely, as it is “an important aspect of the
Transportation sector which has often been overlooked by many including the
transport professionals and academia.
“Over the years, the transportation sector has witnessed series of issues and
challenges ranging from poor infrastructure, poor regulations, limited
specialised professional training institutions, lack of effective and efficient
transport policies, intra industry squabbles among transport professionals, to
unethical behaviours, poor working condition amongst others,” he said.
He reassured the Institute of the Nigerian Army’s resolve to support the
transportation sector wherever necessary.
On his part, President CIoTA and DG of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh whose
speech was read by Prof Samuel Odewumi noted that the theme for this
year’s summit is focused on safety and security of the transportation sector in
In his words, “we were able to achieve the Chartering of the Institute,
Renewed Advocacy, Vigorous Membership Drive and Certification. This year’s
summit focuses on Safety & Security on all the modes of transportation,
hence we must all work together as stakeholders and custodians of the
transportation sector of Nigeria. Safety and security are paramount to
achieving a robust and intermodal transport regime in Nigeria”.
“CIoTA is the only statutory professional association in charge of the
Transportation Industry in Nigeria; therefore deserves to be accorded its place
in nomination of members into relevant agencies and in consultations for
policy formulation and implementation strategies. It is the right thing to do.
As a Chartered Institute, our role is very huge; with great opportunities and
challenges. Let’s focus on the job at hand”, Jamoh stated.
Also speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers
Council, Emmanuel Jime, represented by Chief C.C Agu, said, “without
security and safety, transport cannot develop, and transport itself happens to
be the catalyst for development of the economy.” He charged the Summit to
come up with a standard to bring sanity to the country’s transportation
Other speakers at the event include, Director General of the Nigerian Institute
of Transport Technology (NITT) Zaria, the Rector, International Aviation
College Ilorin, Col. Yakubu Okatahi, the representative of the Ogun State
Governor and Commandant TRACE, Prince Olaseni Ogunyemi.
Public Relations, NIMASA
November 29, 2022