NITT to be upgraded to degree awarding status – NASS Committee
By Belli Katung , Kaduna
Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Land Transport yesterday said the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology, NITT will be upgraded to become a university degree awarding status.
The committee led by it chairmen, Senator Olugbenga Ashafa and Honourable Aminu Sani Isa disclosed this while on oversight function to NITT in Zaria yesterday.
Senator Ashafa who stated this charged the institute to work harder in order to be upgraded to a degree awarding status.
According to him, “the committee is dedicated to encouraging the institute to work harder in order to upgrade the institute to a university degree awarding status.
“Incidentally, this is the only educational institution fully focused on Transport Technology in the West Africa sub Region. Hence it should become an avenue for education tourism for Nigeria,” he said.
Ashafa continued when he also charged the Institue to imbibe on modern management techniques as strategies in creating awareness on what they can do.
“As it is now, the institute is something to be proud of. The management has done very well in maintaining a vibrant environmentally friendly atmosphere for people to come in.
“And we are expecting that they work more on the area of Internally generated revenue because they have so many equipments on ground and there are so many services they can render.
“So they should imbibe modern management techniques as strategies to ensure that awareness is created to Nigerians on what they can do.
“Particularly in the area of attitudinal change towards driving so as to save lives and ensure that they meet the minimum standard of what is expected of a driver,” he noted.
On his part, Chairman, House of Representative Committee on Land Transport, Hon. Aminu Sani Isa, commended the management of the institution saying “I am impressed with what I saw here”.
He however, assured that “on the whole, the committee is ready to work assiduously with the institution to ensure that Nigerian road users experience and imbibe attitudinal change in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration change agenda. “
Earlier in his address, Director General and Chief Executive of NITT, Alhaji Aminu Yusuf, call for much closer working relationship between the Institute and the legislature to enable it achieve an effective and efficient transport system in the country.
He said the major challenge facing the Institution include poor budgetary releases, poor patronage from agencies, saying “this has made planning and execution of our programmes difficult.
He therefore, request for the amendment of NITTs enabling Act, and need to domesticate the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the country.
He thanked the Senate joint committee for their commitment to land transport development in the country.
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