Speaking at their maiden press briefing after the tour of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Minister of Transport and his Aviation counterpart, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi and Senator Hadi Sirika told a gathering of reporters that government will pursue the bill to establish an independent multi-modal transport regulator.
Speaking for both, Amaechi said,” Among the bills that is ready for legislative action is the National Transport Commission Bill – an act to provide for the establishment of a National Transport Commission as an independent multi-modal economic regulator and other related matters. This bill among others have been approved by the Federal Executive Council in March 2014.”
Amaechi also expressed government’s determination to exploit the potentials in the transportation sector in an effort to grow the Contribution to the country’s Gross National Product from a paltry 1.41% to something quite appreciable by the end of 2016.
On the aviation industry where both ministers expressed commendations, Amaechi said there were challenges including weak airlines and decaying infrastructure but that plans have been drawn up that would bring joy to the air travellers.
According to him, the plans to bring joy to travellers include the completion of all remodelling projects by the end of 2016 as well as the completion of the US$500million terminals currently being conducted by the Chinese.
“The ministry of transportation in collaboration with relevant parastatals and agencies have drawn up short term plans that are currently being implemented of which the traveling public will take notice of the improvements in the not distant future.”
“These plans include the expeditious completion of ongoing airports remodelling projects at Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt and the decongestion of airports access roads among several others.”
“The new terminal in Lagos will generate additional 15 million passengers annually making a total of 30 million passengers yearly nationwide. The medium and long term plans will require signiﬁcant investments to upgrade and expand infrastructures to meet current and future requirements. “
He also said that because funds were limited for capital projects government is exploring the option of private sector participation.
“As a result of limited resources for capital projects development, government is exploring the possibility of private sector participation to towards the realization of the industries’ potentials.”