The Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Finalisation of the Draft National Transportation Policy (NTP) has recommended the establishment of National Transport Commission and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The Chairperson of the committee, Mfon Usoro, made the recommendation, while submitting report of the committee to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday, in Abuja.
Usoro, who is also the Secretary-General, “Abuja MoU on Port State Control’’, said the proposed transport commission would serve as economic regulator for the transport industry when established.
According to her, the safety board would also serve as independent government accident investigation agency to conduct investigation of major accidents in the transport sub-sectors.
She said this was necessary to modify the present institutional structure, as well as the establishment of effective multi-sectoral institutional frame within existing organisational structures, considering the critical nature of integration in the management of transportation.
“Other institutional arrangements proposed are mere administrative arrangements by way of multi-sectoral committees in the form of national Cabotage Co-ordination Committee (NCCC) with membership drawn from all the government agencies.
“The committee will have responsibility for oil and gas trade, transportation, development and expansion of indigenous fleet, business permit and expatriate quotas, as well as marine safety and security.
“Other responsibilities are the inland waterways, international trade, sea-farers, and representatives of ship-owners association of Nigeria, cargo interests at both national and state levels,’’ she said.
The committee also recommended the setting up of Integrated Transport Policy Coordination Committee (ITPCC) to provide independent advice to government on the implementation of integrated transport policy.
Usoro said the committee would also monitor developments across transport, environment and other related sectors, as well as reviewing progress towards meeting the policy objectives.