August 16, 2022

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Reworking NITT to swimsuit Nigeria’s transportation wants


The Nigerian Institute of Transport Know-how (NITT), Zaria, Kaduna state which was established on the 14th of March, 1986 by way of Decree No.6 (now CAP 116, LFN, 2004) to amongst different issues tackle the issues of the transport sector in Nigeria goes by transformation and repositioning that stands out the institute slas a foremost developer. ADEOLA TUKURU writes.

The NIIT is the apex administration improvement institute for transport and logistics in Nigeria and the West African Sub-region. 

NITT promotes profession improvement {and professional} certification, company management and strategic administration, coaching, conducts analysis and advisory companies, engages in transport Intelligence and monitoring actions and adapts transport expertise to swimsuit Nigeria’s wants. 

A number of milestones

Having a look on the NITT with particular pursuits on the improvements and repositioning that has made the institute stand out as a foremost developer in Nigeria, since inception, the institute has recorded a number of milestones in infrastructure improvement and opening up new coaching facilities throughout the six geopolitical zones. 

Over time the Institute has skilled 1000’s of execs within the transportation trade in numerous specializations. Nevertheless, the institute has grappled with challenges starting from insufficient funding, and low patronage of its educational programmes and companies regardless of enormous potentials to enhance expertise set in spite its coaching amenities.

Change initiative

The Director Common/Chief Government, Nigerian Institute of Transport Know-how (NITT), Zaria, Dr. Bayero Salih Farah whereas affirming these defined that upon his assumption of workplace in 2019, rolled out a change initiative with a view to revolutionising the Institute’s programmes and companies.

The change initiative has not solely led to the revamping of the bodily constructions at NITT however, new ones are being constructed; workers welfare enhanced and extra workers recruited to beef up our manpower wants. Additionally, new NITT centres have been opened throughout the nation to make the Institute extra accessible to all components of the nation. 

The NITT DG additional defined that the deliberate investments on the institute is to answer the deficit in transportation professionals in Nigeria and even West Africa.

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NITT Enabling Act

The investments he listed however, not restricted to those included: streamlining the NITT Enabling Act, Situations and Scheme of Service, broadened the scope of the institute’s programmes and collaborations amongst different issues with assist from the related authorities, elevated participation on the institute’s short- and long-term programmes and have established Annexes in Ebonyi, Kano, Gombe, Ekiti and Katsina states to enhance the prevailing ones in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt. Work can also be happening within the Makurdi centre. 

Others he stated are: Renovated, furnished and geared up the next amenities with electronics, specifically; the NITT Essential Auditorium, the Institute’s Library, the 20-Room Government Hostel and the Masters in Transport & Logistics Classroom.

Offering medical companies to the group

Dr. Farah additionally stated the NITT Clinic was renovated and expanded in scope and operation to supply medical companies to the institute group and members of the general public including that administration is presently working to make sure the Clinic begins offering NHIS companies. 

Talking additional he stated: “We acquired a 84-hectare parcel of land from Kaduna State Authorities to ascertain Institute’s Jathropa Farm for bio-fuel manufacturing and secured one other 40-hectare of land from Sabin Gari Native Authorities in Zaria in direction of constructing the Institute’s Drivers Improvement and Coaching Centre. Additionally the NITT is on the verge of securing the Nationwide Board for Technical Schooling (NBTE) accreditation for operating of Nationwide Diploma programmes in Crane Operations, Welding and Fabrication and Mechatronics within the Institute.”

Coaching and re-training of workers

“We’re additionally engaged on streamlining programme for coaching and re-training of workers,  up-graded Info and Communication Know-how (ICT) amenities within the institute, such that every one our Annexes are related to the web. We’ve accomplished building works within the NITT Section II Members’ Hostel 11. Accomplished building works within the DG/CE’s new workplace constructing and enhanced water provide within the Institute by drilling extra bore-holes” he famous.

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Different tasks in response to the DG are: Established and geared up the NITT Multi-media Laboratory with state-of-the artwork Communication amenities, Established and geared up the Nationwide Transport Information Financial institution facility within the Institutes with state-of-the-art tools for real-time assortment of transport information throughout all modes and established and geared up the Multi-lingual Library within the Institute with state of-the-art language translators to supply for coaching of individuals from Francophone international locations particularly.

He indicated that the above tasks have been accomplished whereas another tasks are at varied levels of procurements. These embody; Building of Coaching Division Workplace, Building of Transport Faculty Workplace Extension, Building of two Transport Know-how Centre (TTC) Division Blocks of 6 school rooms apiece, Building of TTC Marriage ceremony and Fabrication Laboratory, Building of TTC Soil and Pavement Laboratory, Building of 1 new Feminine Members’ Hostel, and the Building of 1 new Male Members’ Hostel.

Want to enhance analysis and coaching

Past these,  the [nstitute is building business partnerships and educational collaborations with public and private institutions within and outside Nigeria. The aim of this collaborative partnership is to improve research and trainings, give staff and students the opportunity to acquire local and international experiences and as well promote best practices in the Nigerian Transport and Logistics industry.

In this regards, the institute has recently signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ITs (UK), Multimix Academy, Lagos and similar discussions are ongoing with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Abuja for technical support and knowledge sharing relevant to the needs of some of the major Institutes projects such as the development of the National Transport data bank, the ITS Center and the language laboratory amongst other things.

Human capacity development

To better perform its critical role of providing research and training amongst other things for the Nigerian transport sector, NITT is initiating and implementing workable strategy for human capacity development. This is tailored at filling the capacity gaps in the industry. In this regard, the Institute has currently sponsored not less than 16 staff to study in various areas of transport and logistics at home and abroad.

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In keeping abreast with trends in the global automobile industry, NITT is deepening its research in the development of alternative fuel (bio-fuel & hydrogen fuel) as well as innovative vehicle technology such as hybrid (electric) vehicles in line with the current government policy. At the moment, the Institute’s team of engineers are working on an NITT model of hybrid (electric) tricycle, which has reached an advanced stage. This we hope to launch it as soon as work is completed on it. Similarly, NITT has deployed a team of committed engineers to work on the Institute’s model of electric vehicle in liaison with industry captains and other relevant governments Institutions with the view of making this dream a reality.

By far, the current administration is working around the clock to elevate the standard of the Institute to enable it achieve its vision of becoming a leading transport and logistics institute in the continent. As a matter of fact, this administration hopes to make NITT a renowned institute for provision of world class training and research in the transport and logistics industry.

Commenting, the former DG NITT, Prof. Femi Abdulganiyu Sumaila, said the NITT has no doubt achieved a lot but “the conceptualisation of the existing Act limits the scope and activities of the NITT. We have discovered that there is a lot the NITT can accomplish thus the move to amend its extant law. 

“Over the years, we just concentrated on training employees in the transport sector. The problem is how many agencies do we have in the transport sector? But today we are extending the scope to cover all modes of transport and indeed the logistics industry, which is wide” he noted.