National President, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Prince Olayiwola Shittu has urged the minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi to seek input from professionals in the private sector to move the industry forward.
Speaking at a public event in Lagos, Shittu expressed concern over the number of inexperienced staff at the transport ministry many of whom he said lacked what it takes to chart a road map for the sector.
According to him, the oldest staff in the ministry is less than 10 years in service with little or no knowledge of the maritime sector.
He recalled that several committees were set up during the last administration with recommendations from key stakeholders in the sector but were never implemented.
The ANLCA President therefore charged the minister to set up a new committee that will harmonise the recommendations of the past committees and come up with a summary that the ministry can implement.
He said, “I always believe that when you get to a new place, you need to look back and see what has been done before your arrival, before you start charting a road map.
“You will agree with me that the transport ministry today has the highest number of committees set up within three years more than committees set up in other ministries, what has happened to reports of those committees?
“I would expect the minister to look into the private sector and gather egg heads as well as people who have made names in the ministry, set up a committee to look at all the past committee reports and give us a summary without being affected by the usual civil service bureaucracy.”
”The whole of the ministry today, the oldest staff is not up to ten years, what experience are they going to bring forward for us in charting a new course?”
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