The Federal Government has said it is making available critical transport infrastructure to ensure sustainable transport and logistics.
The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo said this in Lagos this while speaking at the 2022 conference of the Chartered Institute of Logistics of Nigeria.
Sambo who was represented at the event by the Deputy Director, Research and Statistics, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Ibrahim Biu, lauded the CILT for its consistency in enhancing efficiency in the logistic and transport sector by developing capacity of men and women in the art and science of logistics, transport and supply chain management.
He said, “The Federal Government is making concerted efforts to establish critical Transport Infrastructure to ensure sustainable transport and logistics. Its Ports reform programme aims at decongesting the seaports, by taking shipping and port services closer to importers and exporters. The recent Dala Inland dry port declaration as Port of Origin and Destination is a major milestone in that regard.
He said the world was going green, engendering innovations to reduce the heavy dependence on fossil fuels which was the cause of high levels of CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions, reduce freight logistics turnaround time and noise pollution among others.
The measures, he said, were being put in place to ensure ease of doing business at the ports.
He said, “There has been a massive shift for the connection of the rail, road and maritime subsector to reduce road traffic congestion and increase the competitive edge of the transport and logistics sector.”
A former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Mr Adebayo Sarumi, said that transport infrastructure remained germane to the promotion of economic growth.