The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has pledged the support of the legislature to fully develop the Road Transport Sector in the country.
He said the House will do all within its powers to support the expansion of infrastructure and the transformation of road transport unions to become truly professional bodies in line with global practices.
This is just as the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria urged the National Assembly to establish a Transportation Development Bank.
Gbajabiamila, while receiving the leadership of the RTEAN which paid him a courtesy visit at his office, acknowledged the critical role of transportation in the development of the economy of any nation. He noted that one urgent area to address would be the rapid expansion of road infrastructure.
He said, “There is a lot we can do together. Road transport plays a very critical role in the development of Nigeria. It is one of the most significant sectors in any country. We want to support you and engage you as a House as much as we can. We are here to help and assist you.”
The Speaker asked RTEAN to professionalise its operations and work toward sanitising the nation’s motor parks. “In other places across the world; in Germany, the US, the UK and several others, transport associations are well-respected as professional groups. That is what we want in Nigeria,” he said.
Gbajabiamila added, “I have seen your recommendations. You want a Transport Development Bank. That is fantastic. We are here as a House to give you all the necessary support to achieve your set targets.”
Earlier, President of the RTEAN, Mohammed Musa, who led the leadership on the visit, praised Gbajabiamila’s leadership qualities, urging him to sustain his commitment to nation-building through legislative interventions.
Musa told the Speaker that the delegation was at the National Assembly to seek his support for proposed reforms RTEAN would want to be carried out in the road transport sector.
He listed them as including establishment of a Transport Development Bank, compulsory introduction of travelers insurance policy at all motor parks, and waiver for importation of commercial vehicles not assembled in Nigeria.
According to Musa, these proposals, when implemented, will help greatly to strengthen the road transport sector in the country, which he described as the “second highest employer of labour after government.”