The federal government is planning to commence the regulation of road transportation and mass transit vehicles’ operations in the country.
Senator Gbemisola Saraki, the Minister of State Transportation, disclosed this on Monday in a meeting with a section of automotive manufacturers led by Ifeanyichukwu Agwu, the Chief Executive Officer of BKG Exhibitions Limited, and Chairman Organising Committee of Abuja International Motor Fair.
She said the decision became necessary in order to reposition Nigeria’s road transportation system ahead of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA).
The Nigerian road transportation and mass transit is largely an unregulated territory.
The Minister of State lamented that of 76000 trucks registered at the port only 17 met the standard, stressing that Lomé and Cotonou were complaining that Nigerian vehicles are below standard.
Saraki, however, disclosed that arrangements were being put in place for the federal government to brainstorm with players in the automotive industry, including assemblers and manufacturers, to find a local solution that would move the industry forward.