By Kasim Sumaina in Abuja
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi hasÂ attributed paucity of fund as part of the major challenge faced by the transportÂ sector in Africa.
Amaechi disclosed this, while declaring open the 2nd Annual General MeetingÂ of theÂ Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Programme (SSATP) in Abuja recently.
The meeting with the theme, â€˜Africaâ€™s Rapid Urbanisation and the
Response to Urban Mobility in the Digital Era,” had in attendance over
five transport ministers from African countries.
According to him, “It is organised for all Sub-Saharan African countries to brainstorm on the way forwardÂ on urban transports andÂ mobilities. SSATP is an association that accommodates all African ministersÂ ofÂ transportationÂ whichÂ Nigeria is hosting.
â€œThe meeting is toÂ ensure that we have a sustainable and organised transportation mode.”
He hinted that, “Funding is the major challenge for transport infrastructure. We need fundsÂ to enable usÂ build railway, we need funds to be able to buildÂ roads, we need fund in aviation.
“So, our greatest challenge is funding.
This is an annual event that goes
round. We are going to discuss what benefit we can get from other
countries toÂ be able to transport goods for both business, cargo and man, as
passengers and discuss the issue ofÂ urbanisation in transportation
“We will exchange ideas with other African ministers on areas they have done well and how to source for funds to build
transportÂ infrastructure,” the minister said.Â Similarly,Â the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry,Â Alhaji Sabiu Zakari explained,
“Nigeria bided to host this particular event which we felt it was
necessary because of the advantages to be derived by hosting this kind
of event.”Zakari added, â€œso far, we have five ministers from various countries of Africa thatÂ has arrived and we are expecting more ministers to discuss issues on
internal regional integration.”