The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, said on Wednesday that Nigeria has a viable economy and very safe for foreign investors. Saraki made this assertion in Abuja at the opening ceremony of the 9th Africa Regional Conference by International Transport Federation (ITF) with the theme: “Transport Workers Building Power in Africa,“ The president of the Senate, who was represented by Gbenga Ashafa, Chairman Senate Committee on Land Transport, said for ITF to host the conference in Nigeria, goes a long way in showing how viable Nigerian economy is.
“It is very important to note that in any country transport workers are very important because you find them in all sectors for movement of human beings or goods. “For hosting the conference here means that Nigeria is labour friendly, all these points to the fact that Nigeria is very relevant in global economy politics. “Nigeria being chosen, send a signal to the outside world that you can come to Nigeria to invest through foreign direct investment. “Employment will go up; there will be an introduction of modern technology in our transport system, “ he said.
Saraki said the power and relevance of transportation and the transport sector all over the world cannot be overemphasised. He said the sector plays a crucial role toward exploration and connection to the world for globalisation. He said ITF and related bodies should create viable and realistic policies that are critical in reducing the frequency of strike among labour movement globally. According to him, such require policies should cater for the welfare of transport workers by way of remuneration, working conditions, equipment and machinery for this to be achieved.