Amaechi stated this in Abuja when the report of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Finalization of the Draft National Transport Policy (NTP) was submitted to him.
Making reference to developed countries like Singapore, the minister stressed that it was time to move away from blame games and regretting what the past administration could not do and start thinking of how to leave a lasting legacy for the future.
On the proposed new National Transport Policy, the minister said there should be provisions for smart and intelligent transport systems as obtained in the developed world. His words:
“I agree with those who said we should stop criticizing the last government and that we should do our own.
“We need to leverage on what we know. People are shouting inter-modal transport; I went to the new airport in Singapore and I didn’t find one person at the airport. As you walk in, technology takes over.
“They also said in the next few years, they would introduce driver-less cars. We should also think outside the box about how to improve our transport sector and think less about how sun and moon affects the sector or building more bus stops.
“We should see how much investment we can put in the area of ICT. Intelligence transportation should not be ignored”.
Amaechi further assured Nigerians that the Buhari-led administration would do everything possible to ensure that the country’s resources are maximized.
Also speaking, Mfon Usoro, the chairperson of the I9-member Committee drawn from all the transport sectors and agencies in the country, explained that the adoption of the policy would make the Nigerian economy stronger.
“Adoption and implementation of the NTP by all tiers of government will lead to a stronger Nigerian Economy and a profitable future for the entire transportation service sector and for the many sectors that rely on transportation in a diversified economy.
“The processes adopted for the development of the National Transport Policy document from commencement were basically, the identification of the relevant issues and massive consultation with stakeholders which included policy makers, implementation agencies and private sector interest groups.
“Building on this foundation, the approach adopted by the 2014 Technical Committee on Draft NTP was to transform the document into an integrated transport policy with emphasis on integrated planning and management of inter-modal and multi-modal transport systems and, very importantly, the promotion of transport as a shared responsibility between Government, industry and private stakeholders.
“The 2014 Technical Committee conducted further research on precedents ‘of transport policies developed by both emerging and developed economies including India, Australia, South Africa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, United Kingdom, European Union, China, and IMO Guide on Maritime Policy etc. Consequently, significant improvements in content and format were introduced.
“Among the significant innovations was an overhaul of the document from a review and reproduction of statutory roles of agencies under the ministry of transport to global policy initiatives on each of the transport modes and cross-cutting issues, and policy implementation arrangements and strategic action plan.”
She further noted that the new draft NTP provides for integrated transport system, governance and implementation strategies.