Communique of The 4th National Transport Summit of The Chartered Institute Of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIOTA) Held On 29th Nov – 1st December 2022 at The Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre Abuja.
The 4th National Transport Summit organized by the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA) with the theme “TRANSPORT SAFETY AND SECURITY ADMINISTRATION IN NIGERIA’’. Stakeholders in the Nigerian transportation sector comprising policymakers, industry practitioners, security agents, the academia, and members of the international community attended the summit. The Programme was chaired by Prince Julius Adelusi Adeluyi, (OFR) Board Chairman, MTN Foundation Nigeria. The President of the Institute, Dr. Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, (OFR) presented the keynote address; there were nine (9) plenary papers with panel of discussants and goodwill messages from transport agencies, parastatals, and the organized private sector.
Resolutions: Experts on regulating the transport sector in Nigeria delivered topical papers. The summit among other things resolved as follows:
1. CIoTA as a leader in the Transport Sector with a mandate to train and certify transport professionals; the summit resolves that it should exercise its statutory powers to regulate and control the professionals on safety and security practice in transport operations and work with all stakeholders in the country with enabling technologies and data base.
2. Every member is charged to liaise with operators in the transport sector to make available a department or section for health, safety and environment (HSE) practice and observance to ensure sectoral compliance, CIoTA inclusive.
3. The summit agrees that there must be a regular safety review committee of top-level stakeholders with the office of the National Security Adviser.
4. Also, the summit recognizes that CIOTA and concerned industry players need to work towards setting safety and security technical policies, which will involve the use of technology, and innovations for the improvement of transportation safety and security.
5. Part of its resolution is the need for information sharing as regards security and safety in the transport sector with the security agencies and other stakeholders to reduce the safety and security challenges.
6. To reduce risk and threats inherent in the use of transport modes, CIoTA should liaise with the stakeholders to provide effectiveness for prevention, monitoring, checks and control of threats against all transport modes and infrastructure.
7. Need for regular safety and security audit for all transportation infrastructural assets and systems is of utmost importance and should be recommended for immediate action.
8. The summit resolves that CIoTA and the stakeholders should synergize by making policy implications and implementations for value of life evaluation on safety and security in transportation using microeconomics theory on the value of risk reduction.
9. Summit recommends the need for the establishment of functional operation of National Accidents’ Bureau mainly for accident investigation, reporting and eradication/minimization.
10. For effective and objective solution, it is hereby agreed that there is the need for both statistical and real-life data to enhance our quest to have safe and secure transportation.
11. For effective and objective solution, it is hereby agreed that there is the need for both statistical and real-life data to enhance our quest to have safe and secure transportation.
12. It is resolved that CIoTA and appropriate government agencies should work together towards the implementation of the existing ICAO Standard Practice in the areas of aviation security and safety.
13. The summit recommends that CIoTA needs to work with Nigeria Communications Commission and security agencies on cyber security in maritime transport, air transport infrastructure and organizations vulnerable to reduce damage, hacking, security and safety threats through information technologies.
14. It is observed and recommended, the urgent need for NIMASA and NIWA to work together toward cleaning the marine debris on the inland waterways and coastal lines to reduce maritime accidents on our routes.
15. The new threat to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and seaports, which is “cyber insecurity”, is worrisome, therefore, there is need to set up high information technology system to regulate maritime security.
16. CIoTA as a leader in transport planning and management needs to work with the practitioners in the maritime and inland water transport to develop more in the shortsea shipping through barge operation to reduce the half axle movement of containers to enhance safety and security in this mode.
17. The summit emphasizes the need for the establishment of a National Minimum Standard for transport safety and security as checklist for Rail operations in Nigeria and provides Security systems based on modern technology (cameras and gadgets) taking advantage of innovations is paramount.
18. The summit resolves that CIoTA has to work with Federal Ministry of Works in the area of highway engineering and design, provide road signs for safety and security purposes.
19. As part of its resolution, the summit recommends that CIoTA should include Highway Engineering in its curriculum to be implemented by its Education Unit in further training and retraining of the existing, would-be-members and others mainly to enhance road safety and security.
20. CIoTA and stakeholders are urged to strive on policy implementation on intervention projects that are the most cost effective by using the estimated parameters’ values as benchmarks for road safety and security projects to reduce fatalities and injuries in the country.
21. Efforts should be made on road signage with Federal Ministry of Transport, Federal Ministry of Works and Federal Road Safety Commission for an institutional framework on successful achievement of transport safety and security.
President/Chairman of Council,
The Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria