…As NITT prepares Nigeria for AfCTA challenges!***
A logistics expert, Dr. Danjuma Ismail has stressed that Nigeria must do all it takes to emerge a transportation hub, to truly optimise the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement AFCTA.
Dr. Danjuma Ismail, a lecturer at the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria made the observation in Abuja, during an AfCTA promotion conference, pointing out that with all the nation’s heavy endowments, Nigeria must adopt measures to emerge an intermodal transportation hub, to optimise the essence of AfCTA.
“The transportation sector is a very key sector and is going to be a huge facilitator of trade”, he emphasized, noting that a functional transportation hub, would be unarguable, a game-changer when the Continental trade agreement comes full stream.
Highlighting some of the gains to derive, the revered NITT teacher and trainer.
He tasked the authorities to develop an insatiable appetite towards getting the business class fully prepared for the challenges or limitation factors, otherwise, even the observable or relatively smaller countries could seize the gains.
He pointed out that Once the authorities were able to reposition Nigeria as a hub, the low-hanging fruits would come in handy, and the economic benefits in terms of market accessibility and profits optimisation could begin.
He expressed satisfaction in terms of conference attendance, saying it was an honoured opportunity for versatile experts, practitioners, and academicians to freely rub minds; to evaluate our system and to look at what needs to be put in place, to ensure the people actually achieve the ultimate goals.
“If you do not do your homework, other countries will take advantage; and before you know it, other countries will turn their airport or seaport into the African hub”, he said, warning that if such happens, Nigeria might despite its endowments, be forced, to go there and import so many of the goods coming to Africa.
Same, for exports goods.
He commended the Conference participants, for their selfless and noteworthy contributions, saying their implementation may actually become the tonics the country needs, to take its rightful place, when AfCTA moves from theory to reality.