Federal government commissions technology companies to intervene in the transport system
The federal government has tasked Nigeria’s indigenous technology-enabled mobility company (NAIRAXI) and other private sector operators of invention to deploy workable strategies aimed at addressing mass transit challenges across the country.
Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development and immediately former Minister of State for Transport, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, made the call as the federal government delegation visited the company over the weekend.
Senator Gbemisola, represented by Ojo Idehaloisa, spoke on the need for technology-driven interventions, citing cases with Nigeria’s fast-growing technology-enabled mobility agency NAIRAXI that if there is anything the Department of Transport has been looking for, it is an intervention in Nigeria’s road transport system.
According to the minister, NAIRAXI represents what the federal government has always been looking for and that the Department of Transport will always welcome any idea aimed at solving the challenges of local transport.
She said: “What NAIRAXI has brought in is what the Ministry has been addressing or has tried to address over the last four years. So, at a time like this, when NAIRAXI comes in, I think it will help the transportation system and the ministry. With their intervention, the country will begin to see improvements in the road system.
At the event, the company’s founder, Kingsley Eze, explained that the cooperation with the Ministry of Transport serves to improve the transport infrastructure in Nigeria.
He said: “This initiative will help reduce the number of cars on the road and also boost the economy.
“We have to stick to the Ministry and the need to organize our transport system and also use technology to scale it up, make it more organized, very lucrative and a source of income for everyone. It will help streamline how our cities are managed and reduce the unemployment rate in the country.”