The Federal Government has unveiled plans to establish a National Transport Commission.
Receiving a delegation of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), led by its National President, Mallam Mohammed Garba, in his office, the Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, said the commission would be the sector’s regulatory authority.
Umar, who said a bill would soon be sent to the National Assembly, added that the commission would address the challenges of the sector.
He said the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has been mandated to act as the regulatory body, pending the passage of the bill.
The minister, who stressed the need for continued partnership between the media and the government, said the media tour organized by the Minister of Information was an eye opener, as it enabled media practitioners to see the administration’s achievements across all sectors of the economy.
“You and your colleagues have seen infrastructural development of our nation in recent time during the Good Governance Tour,” he stated.
He affirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to completing the Eastern rail line before the end of the year.
Umar added that the completion of Abuja-Kaduna modernization rail project would benefit Abuja and Kaduna State residents, noting that the rail will increase the flow of passengers between Abuja and Kaduna. “You can be working in Abuja and be living in Kaduna,” he said.
He promised to ensure the adequate safety of high speed double gauge Abuja and Kaduna rail systems, noting that the rail track will be protected by high fencing and other safety measures.
He expressed his appreciation to the NUJ delegation for the visit, praising the media for its patriotism. He assured its members of government’s support and cooperation.
Earlier, Garba said his team was in the ministry to drum support and solidarity and to praise him for the transformation of the transport sector in the last three years.