Ex-General urges Buhari on robust National Transport Policy

Gen. Umar Usman said Nigeria needs a wide gauge that can be able to carry more and travel a longer distance.

Major General Umar Usman Rtd

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) on Friday, April 24, urged the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that a robust national transport policy is put in place in the country.

The National President of CILT, Nigeria, Maj. Gen. Umar Usman (rtd.), made this plea during the institute’s Fellows and Corporate Members’ Forum in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Usman said that a robust transport policy would promote growth in the industry and enhance economic development.

“We have a problem; in a situation where a country has no national transport policy, this is a challenge.

“We urge the incoming administration to ensure that first and foremost, Nigeria has a robust national transport policy.

“The moment the nation has a transport policy, all the problems associated with transport infrastructure will be addressed.

“Unfortunately, today in the country, roads are carrying far beyond their capacity and that is why we have dilapidated roads all over.

“The rail that is supposed to carry the weight off the roads is still epileptic because what we have is a narrow gauge.

“What this country needs today is a wide gauge that can be able to carry more and travel a longer distance.

“And of course issues that have to do with integration should be looked into. We do not have an integrated system. We need an integrated transport system,’’ he told NAN.

The ex-General urged the new government to have the right people in the right places to perform maximally.

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