The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi has called on staff of the Ministry and its Agencies to fast-track the delivery of the Ministry’s mandate by coming up with initiatives that are technologically driven.
In a statement signed by the Director Press of the Ministry,Eric Ojiekwe,the Minister made the call in Oron, Akwa Ibom State, at a three-day Ministerial Retreat organized by the Ministry for its management staff and top functionaries of its Agencies.
According to the statement,he reiterated the need to achieve the current administration’s commitment to fill the infrastructural deficit in the country.
While acknowledging the fact that a lot still needs to be done to meet the vision of the current administration, Mr.Amaechi said Ministry was able to make remarkable achievements in the following critical areas:
i) Establishment of Wagon Assembly Plant in Kajola, Ogun State.
ii) Establishment of University of Transportation, Daura (construction ongoing)
iii) Commissioning of Warri-Itakpe railway lines
iv) Commencement of the commercial test run of the Lagos-Ibadan rail lines
v) Appreciable work on the Deep Blue project to combat insecurity challenges in the Gulf of Guinea,
vi) Groundbreaking ceremony of Kano-Maradi rail line
Also the Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, enjoined the participants to leverage on the platform of the “retreat to brainstorm, design and develop new strategies that will change the course of the transportation sector and make it more productive,abd competitive in line with the current global trends.
Earlier in her own address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, said that the retreat was veritable platform for top management of the Ministry and its agencies to cross-fertilize ideas on how to galvanise ideas for the Transportation sector to enable meet its set goals and objectives.