After evaluating several submissions and recommendations presented to him, the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo is convinced that deploying present- day technology and rapid response by the relevant security agencies would bring a lasting solution to rail and by extension road insecurity in the country.
The Sambo made this known during his courtesy visit to the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Amina J. Mohammed at the United Nations Headquarters complex in New York, United State of America.
The Honourable Minister is scheduled to be a lead speaker on financing Nigeria Power and Transport infrastructure at the upcoming Nigerian International Economic Partnership forum at St. Regis Hotel, New York, USA, slated for 22nd of September 2022, where President Mohammadu Buhari is also the Keynote speaker.
The UN Deputy Secretary General hinted that she had families who had employees who lost their lives in the Ill-fated train attack and some are still in captivity.
While commiserating with her, the Honourable Minister said he has studied several recommendations and proposals and settling in on one which will give a long term solution that will cover both rail and road security. “After testing this in the coming weeks it will be a template for the entire country.”
The Minister noted that he is not resting on his oars as he and his team are working tirelessly with the relevant agencies to facilitate the release of those in captivity.
The Honourable Minister and Deputy Secretary General shared perspectives on involving communities, traditional rulers along the rail and road routes. “The security of a nation is its community and when communal involvement is employed, coupled with technology and rapid response, the insecurity can be nipped in the bud to a large extent.”
The Deputy Secretary General pointed out that the infrastructural development of the Buhari led administration is worthy of commendation, but people won’t see progress when they are leaving in insecurity, and she is excited that the Honourable Minister’s Initiative will go a long way in dealing with this challenge.
While congratulating the Honourable Minister, the Deputy Secretary General stressed that Nigerians look forward to more strides and results from him, “every day, months and weeks matters at home and the whole nation looks forward to the story the Minister will tell at the dusk of the administration.” She said.
Responding, the Honourable Minister said he hit the ground running from day one and part of his courtesy visit to her is to solicit assistance and opportunities for the Federal Ministry of Transportation.
He commended her, noting that Nigerians are proud of her back home and every Nigerian will love to be associated with her. “The task is not easy, but honestly, you are doing us proud indeed, we pray for strength, resilience and wisdom as you discharge your duties” the Honourable Minister Said.
The Honourable Minister scheduled to attend several functions during his stay in New York,