Written by David LAWANI

Transportation: FG to partner foreign companies

The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Mallam Sabiu Zakari, has reiterated the federal government’s commitment to partner with stakeholders and investors in the transportation sector. 

The permanent secretary disclosed when he received a delegation led by Italy’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Stefano Pontesilli, in Abuja.  

Zakari said that the need to partner with stakeholders especially foreign investors has become necessary in view of the strategic position of the transportation sector in the economic wellbeing of the country. 

“There is tremendous opportunity in the maritime domain, aviation sector and Nigerian railways, therefore the need for partnership and collaboration with both foreign and local investors in the transportation industry," he stated. 

He urged the Italian businessmen residing in Nigeria and overseas to utilize this huge opportunity to invest in Nigeria for the mutual benefit of both countries. 

He mentioned that the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, has been concession, therefore, the business of the ports are now conducted on Private Public Partnership where NPA serves as a regulatory body. 

He therefore urged the Italian delegation not to hesitate to request for any information or clearance needed to facilitate the bilateral relationship. 

Earlier, the Ambassador of Italy to Nigeria, Dr. Stefano Pontesilli, disclosed that the objective of the visit was to have collaboration, good synergy for the effective and efficient transportation system in Nigeria. 

He added that “it is very important for us to have a high calibre of delegation in order to collaborate with Nigerian government in the area of transportation.” 

While reaffirming the long lasting relation and friendship existing between the two countries, just as he stressed his country’s willingness to invest in the transportation sector and concretize the move to bring Italian companies to Nigeria through Private Public Partnership platform. 

 

 

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