As part of the drive to use technology to solve evolving challenges in the transportation sector, the Lagos State government is set to host the maiden edition of the National Transport Technology Conference and Exhibition.
The Conference billed to hold on the 7th and 8th of June, is the result of the 2021 retreat of the National Transport Commission with the support of the Federal Ministry of Transportation.
At a news briefing, in Alausa, Ikeja, the Secretary, National Transportation Commissioners Forum, Mrs Chinwe Uwaegbute, stated that the conference became imperative as technology has been identified as the major machinery to improve different means of transportation across the country.
Mrs Uwaegbute who commended Lagos for being the pacesetter in technological driven transport system, expressed optimism that the conference would so proffer solutions to insecurity during inter-states commuting among others.
“Our hope is that at the end of this conference, the Federal government will draw policies from it to ensure that best practices are being deployed in the transportation sector of this country, it is time that we look inward and see how we can drive transportation through technology, that is the essence of this conference” she said.
Earlier, the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladehinde, announced that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Minister of State for Transport, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, would be participating in a panel discussion themed, ‘Multimodality and Accessibility- achieving a greener transport system in Nigeria.
Dr Oladeinde pointed out that activities of different transport unions would be brought under check with the use of technology, while corruption in the sector would be nipped in the bud.
“Search light will be beamed on the road transportation sector which is perceived to have been ignored, solutions will be proffered to issues faced daily by the operators and users alike.
Challenges which include but not limited to traffic congestion, road accident, parking problems and environmental pollution will also be critically analysed” he announced.
He said leading manufacturers and provider of transport technology solutions will also be showcasing the latest and future-proved transport technology solutions at the two days event.