The Federal Government has tasked the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria to step up training for road transport operators to help in reducing massive death in the country.
The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, disclosed this during the visit of some delegates from the House of Representatives’ committee on land transport in the National Assembly and commissioners and permanent secretaries of transportation ministries in the 36 states of the federation on an assessment tour of NITT, Kano Outreach Centre located in Dawakin Kudu area of the state.
Ajani said “the institute is poised not only to play its statutory role but on the path of becoming self-sufficient as well as being a revenue generating agency”.
The director-general of NITT, Bayero Salih-Farah, said the Kano outreach centre is one amongst others located in Gombe, Ebonyi, Lagos, Abuja, Katsina, Benue and Ekiti (near completion), to provide professional training and acquisition of skills in the transport sector as well as other opportunities for technical learning.
Farah who directed a demonstration of installed equipment, stated “there is a simulation section for intending motor vehicle drivers, a welding segment, automotive spray booth but most notable is a simulation provision for heavy duty vehicles such as forklifts, articulated vehicles, tractors and other earth moving vehicles.
“It becomes necessary as this class of operators do not go through the necessary orientation before taking the wheels hence putting lives and infrastructures of government at risk”.
Farah further informed the term that the center was ready to train available persons and enjoined state governments, transport companies, individuals or participants under government empowerment learning schemes to take advantage of the opportunities being offered.
House of Representatives member representing Zango Kataf/Jabba Federal Constituency, Amos Gwamna Magaji, speaking on behalf of his colleagues expressed delight with the out of the box initiatives being adopted by director-general and promised support of the House for the agency.