The Nigerian Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi has given top priority to training and retraining of staff in the ministry.
The Minister said this at an interactive session with staff and management of the ministry. “We will devise a means of training and retraining our staff, be it locally or internationally and it will be according to our resources,” he said.
Mr Amaechi also declared free transportation services for staff and management of the Ministry, saying that the decision was to help improve the challenges faced by staff in the discharge of their civic duties.
“Knowing the background I come from, I felt that you people are spending more money having to transport yourselves to work and I’m surprised that they are collecting money from you for those buses.”
He added that the number of Staff buses would be increased, fuelled and maintained by the ministry.
He directed the ministry’s Permanent Secretary to liaise with authorities of NYSC to post some doctors to the Ministry in view of establishing a medical center for staff of the ministry.
“Let us get the NYSC to post to the ministry at least two doctors, so we can ascertain the cost of establishing a clinic for our staff. This will enable those who fall ill to get free treatment,” he said.
The Minister also noted that henceforth, provision of laptops for Engineers will be included in the ministry’s budget.
In her remarks, Minister for State for Transport, Senator Gbemisola Saraki assured workers of smooth working relationship, stating that she would work together with Amaechi to improve staff welfare.