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Osinbajo, others to host transport exhibition , conference

By Editor   |   01 October 2016   |   5:18 am
Yemi Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo

In an effort to mobilise the necessary political will to drive the needed change and restructuring in the transport sector, Transportation Growth Initiative (TGI) is organising the first international transportation conference and exhibition to be hosted by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi.

The expo which will come up on October 23 in Abuja would among other things bring together players in the industry from both public and private sectors with a view to finding lasting solution to challenges bedeviling the sector.

At a media briefing yesterday in Abuja on the activities lined up for the summit, the former  Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, who was the Chairman of the Transportation Growth Initiative (TGI), said the meeting is coming at a time when the country is re-setting the economic activities to grow internal capacities in key sectors and diversifying the economy into agriculture and solid minerals.


Chidoka said the TGI conference was conceived as a yearly forum for showcasing transportation research outcomes, draw up best practice recommendations, network private/public stakeholders, expose new transportation frontiers for practitioners, researchers and the general public and support governments to track progress on happenings in the industry.

According to him, the first edition tagged: “Improving Infrastructure for Sustainable, Efficient and Globally Competitive Transportation,” promises to bring together experts from Europe, Africa and key stakeholders in Nigeria.

Chidoka said that Nigeria needed transport infrastructure that can deliver the outcomes that the country is looking forward to, adding that diversification of the economy will run faster on track of efficient transport system.

He said: “TGI was conceived as an annual forum for showcasing transportation research outcomes, draw up best practice recommendations, network private/public stakeholders, expose new transportation frontiers for practitioners, researchers and the general public and support governments to track progress on happenings in the industry.

“Some of the challenges are informed by lack of capacity and political will to drive the needed change. A major area of concern which is fundamental to development is inadequate transportation infrastructure to ensure safe and efficient movement of persons and goods around and across its cities’ landscape.”




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