Transportation is one of the the keys to microeconomic and agribusiness development of a country. A country that fails to develop its transportation network may either force local production out of market or lead to high cost of goods and services.
A dedicated ministry that takes care of the development of this infrastructure is the Federal Ministry of Transportation.
The ministry is responsible for coordinating and management of the transport system across Nigeria.
At the time of this report, the transportation minister is Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers State, and he’s assisted by Gbemisola Saraki, a former member of the National Assembly.
Many times, the now independent Ministry of Aviation was put under the Transportation even during the first term of Muhammadu Buhari, but he separated it while constituting his second-term cabinet.
5 Key Responsibilities
- To provide direction for transportation policy and control.
- To supervise and monitor and ensure that transportation policies are implemented.
- To formulate relevant transportation laws for the general of Nigerians.
- To carry out the auditing of management of all the eight parastatal under its management.
- To liaise with the ministry of aviation and other ministries because it can achieve success in isolation.
With 12 departments in the ministry of transportation, assisted by four units, the ministry has eight agencies that help it to achieve commendable results in its mandates.
|Transportation Parastatal||Year of establishment||Core Mandate|
|Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology||1986||To conduct research on transport management and development geared towards building transport system in Nigeria|
|National Inland Waterways Authority||1997||To improve and develop Nigeria’s inland waterways for easy navigation for economy development of Nigeria|
|Nigerian Railway Corporation||1955||To carry out the carriage of passengers and freight in a cost-effective manner|
|Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency||August 1, 2007||To regulate shipping, maritime labor, and coastal waters and inspect waterways facilities to be sure they are up to standard. They also provide rescue missions on the waterways|
|Nigerian Shippers’ Council||1978||To protect exporters and importers in Nigeria as well as its goods.|
|Maritime Academy of Nigeria||1979||Also known as Nautical College of Nigeria, it is to educate and train shipboard officers, ratings and shore-based management personnel in Nigeria|
|Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding of Nigeria||2007||To determine the standards of skill and knowledge to be attained by persons seeking to be registered Freight Forwarder in Nigeria|
|Nigerian Ports Authority||1954||To operate and effectively manage ports in Nigeria|
- Human Resources Management
- Special Duties
- General Services
- Maritime Services
- Engineering Services
- Finance and Accounts
- Rail Transport Services
- Maritime Safety & Security
- Transport Planning & Coordination
- Reform Coordination & Service Improvement
- Road Transport & Mass Transit Administration
It also has internal audit, legal services, survey, and Public-Private Partnership units
Federal Ministry of Transportation, Bukar Dipcharima House, Central Business District, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria.
- Instagram.com: @transportchroniclesng
- Official website: transportation.gov.ng
We must commend the government through the ministry of transportation for embarking on bringing the rail transport system back to life.
In terms of protecting its rail lines, the government and the ministry have failed woefully.
Severally, its coaches were attacked by Boko Haram terrorist remnants (mildly called bandits) in Kaduna state. The latest was the bombing of his track, but the ministry continues to either disregard such attacks or lie about it.
Another problem with the ministry is its plans to construct a standard gauge for the Kano-Maradi rail line while an old narrow gauge was planned for other parts of Nigeria.
At the moment the cost of transporting goods with Nigeria is 5.3 times higher than in the United States of America, according to the 2021 World Bank Global Facility to Decarbonise Transport report.
Again, the Nigerians Railway Corporation (NRC) which was founded to carry out the carriage of passengers and freight in a cost-effective manner, is now costlier to use than road transport. In terms of security, it isn’t safe, in terms of standard, it’s poor because we’ve seen one of the acclaimed new coaches break down in the middle of a thick forest, thereby exposing passengers to attacks. NRC has failed in its mandate.
We want to see the Transportation Ministry build its local infrastructure than developing the “economy” of the Niger republic that could not compete favourable with the economy of Southeast geopolitical zone.
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