MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT
Prince Sani Ogu Salisu
Hon. Commissioner for Transportation
Kogi State Ministry of Transportation, calved out of the then Ministry of Works and Transport on 27th August 2014, is tasked with the responsibility of formulating and implementation of policies for efficient transport system for the State and development of skilled manpower for the transport sector among others.
Transport sector indisputably, comes second only to Government in terms of employment generation. This is why the sector is accorded top priority by Kogi State Government.
Some of the activities of the Ministry are as follows:-
1. LOKOJA MEGA TERMINAL – The Ministry is supervising the ongoing Construction of Lokoja Mega Terminal situated at Felele. The project was awarded by the last Administration at the cost of One Billion, Six Hundred Million Naira (N1.6 billion) only and was hurriedly commissioned at the exit point of the Administration with so much work yet to be done. At present, the Contractor handling the project has been ordered back to site to finish the job fully paid for by the immediate past Administration.
2. ESTABLISHMENT OF TRAFFIC LAW FOR THE STATE – Before now, the Vehicle Inspection Department of this Ministry (VIO), has been operating without enabling law backing their activities. As a result, officers of the State V.I.O always run into trouble while carrying out their legitimate duties, sometimes resulting to litigation.
At present, the Ministry, in conjunction with State Ministry of Justice has fashioned out a draft Traffic Law now with the State House of Assembly for deliberation and approval. It is expected that when the Bill is considered and approved by the Honourable members of the House of Assembly and signed into law by Kogi State Government, the operations of State V.I.O would be adequately backed by law.
3. RESUSCITATION OF KOGI STATE TRANSPORT COMPANY – Kogi State Transport Company got defunct in 2004 and no attempt was made by the previous Administrations in the State to bleed life into it since then. The present Administration has resuscitated the Company with establishment of Confluence Express Services which commenced operation since January 11th 2017 with 10Nos Hiace Buses. The Ministry has also renovated the Old Kogi Travellers Park for the operation of the Confluence Express Services.
4. RESUSCITATION OF 11 NOS ASHOK LAYLAND BUSES – When the present Administration took over the mantle of leadership in January 27th 2016, all the 12NOS Ashok Layland Buses for Lokoja Metro Services were off road completely due to lack of maintenance. While one was involved in accident, the remaining 11 buses are currently being resuscitated. They are expected to go into operation in no distant time.
5. ESTABLISHMENT OF KOGI STATE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY (KOTRAMA) – Kogi State Ministry of Transportation has realized that the Road Traffic Law provisions as contained in the Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963 (applicable to Kogi State) has since lost relevance to our modern day world. The population of the people has more than tripled what it was in 1963, life styles has changed drastically, coupled with the problems associated with urbanization. People using vehicles remain the most popular mode of transportation. The present Administration in the State inherited a chaotic public transport system with an applicable Law inherited from the Old Northern Nigeria that is conservative and moribund which has since been revised, amended and reformed by other Northern State to enable them come close to modern reality.
In realizing the need for Kogi State to keep abreast with other States, the Ministry of Transportation has fashioned out a Bill for the establishment of Kogi State Traffic Management Authority (KOTRAMA) to regulate, control and manage Traffic in Kogi State. The Draft bill has since been presented to the State Executive council for onward submission to the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval and subsequently assented to by the Governor.
6. CONSTRUCTION OF MINISTRY’S OFFICE COMPLEX – In order to address the acute shortage of office accommodation facing the Ministry, the present Administration has embarked on re-construction of the Ministry’s Office Complex. It is expected that the new Office Complex, when completed, would drastically solve the office accommodation problem of the Ministry.