18th May, 2012
Rep. Musa Sarkin-Adar, the Chairman, House Committee on Transport, has expressed regret that 80 percent of Nigerian drivers are ignorant of traffic rules and regulations.
He stated this in an interview with newsmen shortly after inspecting facilities at the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria.
Sarkin-Adar said the development had resulted in multiple accidents which had led to carnage on the nation’s roads.
He advised the NITT to brace to the challenges of training road users to minimise rate of motor accidents.
“Only the NITT and the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) have the mandate to effectively train the Nigerian road users.
“We will soon come up with a proposal where we will have a general transport stakeholders’ summit with a view to looking at the issue critically.
“This will lead to a standard transport policy and transport management in the country.’’
Earlier, in a welcome address, Alhaji Aminu Musa-Yusuf, the NITT Director-General, had lauded the efforts of the Federal Government toward transforming the nation’s transportation system.
He told the committee that the institute was running different levels of long-term programmes including “post graduate diploma and masters in transport and logistics.”
According to Musa-Yusuf, the institute runs close to 40 to 50 short term and tailor-made courses annually.
He identified lack of quality manpower in the industry as the major factor responsible for the failure of logistic and transport system in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee inspected facilities as well as capital projects in the institute.