ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: FG Reaffirms Commitment To Boosting Transportation

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The Federal Government remains resolute in its commitment to boosting transportation as a key contributor to national economic development.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, stated this at the first quarter 2023 Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) strategy session, on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where he was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of General Services, Mr. Maurice Mbaeri.

The Federal Government hopes to improve the transportation sector through improvements in interlinking modes, according to Mustapha.

He said that government would also seek improvement in congestion management and urban mobility through road construction and maintenance.

“By so doing, pressure is removed on the road and the road sector better preserved and safer.

“This will also manifest in the Federal Government’s construction and rehabilitation of rail tracks, dredging of waterways and upgrading of most airports in Nigeria.

“For sustainable management, government is working through the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission.

“This is to explore public-private partnership in the management of these critical national assets,” he said.

Mustapha appreciated the limitations and enormous challenges facing the corps in enforcing its mandate, while encouraging them, as the consistent part of the leadership of the corps, to widen their horizon.

“Think outside the box; be creative in beginning to fashion new workable strategies that will better respond to our current challenges to traffic management in Nigeria.

“Begin to reposition your thoughts and vision to play critical role in the wider national security architecture,” he said.

Earlier, the FRSC Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, urged the commanding officers to reawaken field operations and reclaim the admiration of road users through improved professionalism and dedication to duty.

According to Biu, there is the need to pay specific attention to improving the declining level of enforcement on critical offences.

The Corps Marshal noted the increased rate of road traffic crashes (RTCs) across the country, the traffic congestions in the urban centres and the response time to RTCs.

“We need to be more civil and professional in our engagements as well as address extortion and high-handedness by patrol teams,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the highlights of the event were the decoration of the two newly-appointed Deputy Corps Marshal (DCMs).

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