The outgoing Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi has reemphasized the importance of an adequate transportion system, saying that building a better Nigerian economy basically revolves around the sector.
Amaechi stated this in Abuja at the maiden edition of the Transportation and Logistics Excellence Awards (TLEA) organised by the Motor Vehicle Administration Academy.
Represented by the Director, Road Transport and Mass Transit Administration at the ministry Dr. Anthonia Ekpa, Amaechi said the federal government is committed to making the transportation sector the key pillar of economic recovery and growth plan.
“Without transportation you can’t revamp the economy. You can see we now have the rail lines we are moving Ajaokuta very fast and what has been moribond hitherto has been revamped through the road sector,” he said.
Convener of the award ceremony Prince Shegun Obayendo, noted the growth in transportion across the country, stressing that stakeholders in this growth must be recognised to encourage them to do evwn better.
“The award was organised to recognise those who have done well in the sector. All the excellent things we are doing in the transport sector is now being brought to fore, its now being recognised and celebrated.
“When people do good things and they are recognised, it spur them to do more, and that is our aim: for them to do more,” he said.
In his remarks, the Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Saftey Corp (FRSC) Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi, the public/private partnership has enabled better understanding of road safety in the country.
He lauded the award ceremony noting that many new things come up everyday and nobody is talking about it. “It is time we began to talk about these things.”
One of the awardees and Director Road Transport services in Cross River state Paul Membe,p said the award will spur road safety in every nook and cranny of the state, adding that road safety can only achieve success if taken to the people.
Another awardee, the National President of Female Drivers Association of Nigeria (FEDAN) Eunice Igalo stressed the importance of dignity in Labour, assuring that the association will do more to promote women in the Sector.There were over thirty recipients of the TLEA including individuals, Airlines, Associations and the Media.