By; Sani Aliyu, Zaria.
Chairman Senate Committee on Land Transport, Senator Olugbenga Ashafa has charged Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology Zaria to imbibe modern management techniques as strategies in creating awareness on how to generate revenue.
He gave the charge during their oversight function and projects inspection to the institute in Zaria.
Senator Ashafa said the institute is something to be proud of, stressing that the management has done very well in maintaining a vibrant environmentally friendly atmosphere for people to come in.
“And we are expecting that they work more on the area of Internally generated revenue because they have so many equipments on ground and there are so many services they can rendered.
“Particularly in the area of attitudinal change towards driving so as to save lives and ensure that they meet the minimum standard of what is expected of a driver.”
The committee noted the importance of the institute to safety on Nigerian roads. The committee is dedicated to encourage the institute to work harder in order to be upgraded to a university degree awarding institution.
According to the committee, this is the only educational institution fully focused on Transport Technology in the West Africa sub Region. Hence it should become an avenue for education tourism for Nigeria.”
In his remarks, the House of Representatives Committee Chairman on Land Transport, Hon. Aminu Sani Isa, commended the management of the institution saying “I am impressed with what I saw here”.
He however, assured that “on the whole, the committee is ready to work assiduously with the institution to ensure that Nigerian road users experience and imbibe attitudinal change in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration change agenda.”
Earlier in his address, the Director General and Chief Executive of NITT, Alhaji Aminu Musa Yusuf, call for much closer working relationship between the Institute and the legislature to enable it achieve an effective and efficient transport system in the country.
He said the major challenges facing the Institution include poor budgetary releases, poor patronage from agencies, saying “this has made planning and execution of our programmes difficult.
He therefore, request for the amendment of NITTs enabling Act, and the need to domesticate the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the country.