Public urged to fight rent-seeking in transport sector
Addis Ababa, 26 August 2014 (WIC) - The Ministry of Transport said that it has set to improve road safety through increasing public and drivers’ awareness, ensuring competence, setting standards and applying information management system this budget year.
The lives of 3,331 citizens were lost in road accident last year, the Ministry added.
Opening a national consultative meeting aimed at appraising the 2006 E.C transport sector performance report and deliberating on this year's plan at the Ministry's conference hall yesterday, Transport State Minister Tekle-Tsadik Reba, said that although the sector's performance has been showing improvement, much remains to be done in ensuring the country's development objective and good governance in the sector, he added.
“Rent-seeking mentality remains to be sector's challenge. Absence of good governance in the sector lagged Ministry's 2006 E.C plan performance. To this end, the Ministry is determined to fight rent-seeking mentality as the main challenge. It has also given due attention to awareness raising activities to ensure road safety," he added.
Transport Policy Research and Plan Preparation Directorate Acting Director Mesfin Silesh said the Ministry has set to work hard in ensuring competence, raising awareness, licensing and setting course standards for training institutions.
Improving freight transport service, information system, vehicles and drivers' competence standards, strengthening sector stakeholders coordination, carrying out continuous follow ups, will be among the key activities this fiscal year, he said.
Lack of capacity and absence of coordination in enforcing regulations in the sector as well as absence of ensuring drivers and vehicles competence and standards are among the key challenges in road safety, he added. (EH)
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