Ag. Head: Mr. A. A. Akanmu B.Sc., M.Sc., cmilt (UK)
The importance of transport to the growth, development and survival of any society cannot be over-emphasized. All modes of transport (road, rail, pipeline, air, water and telecommunication) ensure easy movement of people, freight, services and information within and outside geographical location. Considering the facilitative roles being played by transport in the socio-economic and political activities, and the numerous challenges confronting mobility, accessibility and economy of the country, training people in the art and science of TRANSPORT becomes indispensable most especially, in the training of low and middle level manpower for the country.
With private sector led economy being anticipated in the country and the over saturation of existing spaces, young candidates now have better opportunity to exploit employment and career opportunities in transport sector. Hence, new frontier of transport education has now commenced in The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki with successful resource accreditation of National Diploma programme in Transport Planning and Management by National Board for Technical Education.
The success of the accreditation exercise was made possible by outstanding supports received from the Institution Management, and most especially, Mr. M. O. Oladeji, the pioneer and current rector of the Institution. The Department of Transport Planning and Management is domiciled in the School of Environmental Studies of The Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki under the Deanship of Arc. F. S. Alabi. The Department is blessed with teaching and practical facilities along with seasoned personnel with required academic and professional skills to make student excel.
About the Programme
The programme is packaged as both art and science. It is multidisciplinary in contents as its scope extended to land use planning, management, law, finance, automobile technology, civil engineering, environmental and behavioral sciences. Therefore, it is an all embracing programme revolving round planning, designing, management, operations, maintenance and research in all ramifications of transport. Hence, National Diploma in Transport Planning and Management is both theoretical and practical based along with exposure of students to real life happenings in the field of transport in order to make them professional and academically competent in private and public sector of the economy they may found themselves. With this, opportunities are given to science, art and commercial students to enroll for the programme.
Goal and Objectives of the Programme
The goal of the programme is to provide professional and academic training in the planning and management of varied aspects of transport leading to the award of National Diploma (ND) in Transport Planning and Management. The objectives to achieve the above stated goal are:
- To promote the study of the science and art of Transport Planning and Management in all its ramifications.
- To provide a forum for in-service training for staff of logistics, operations, transport and related institutions, organizations, agencies and other establishments within and outside Oyo State.
- To foster investigation and research in the development and improvement of the transport sector of Oyo State in particular and Nigeria in general.
- To provide students with sufficient knowledge and skills to work competently in different transport and transport related organisations and establishment in both the public and private sectors of the economy.
- To prepare students for professional registration with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) both in Nigeria and abroad.
Candidates are enjoined to develop career in Transport Planning and Management in this Institution. The curriculum and course-contents of the programme is not only market-driven, but also designed to facilitate employment prospects of trainees after graduation. With this, products of the programme can successfully develop career privately/publicly or individually/collectively in different areas of Transportation at local or global scale. Hence, entrepreneurial opportunities to be explored are not limited to logistics, port management, passenger transport operations, warehousing, rural transport, airport operations and rail transport.
Others include haulage operations, fleet management, freight forwarding, ferry services, pipeline operations, traffic management and safety, seaport management, pilgrimage operations, telecommunication, ports operations, Tourism, courier and parcel delivery service, aviation, transport infrastructure planning and urban transport among others.
As entry requirements, candidate seeking admission into the National Diploma in Transport Planning and Management must possess five O’ Level credit passes in WASC, SSCE, NABTEB or NECO. This must include Mathematics and English Language, Geography/Economics; and any other(s) from Economics, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Agricultural Science/Health Science/Fishery/Animal Husbandry, Government/History, Technical Drawing, Civic Education, Commerce/Marketing, Computer/ICT/Data Processing, CRK/IRK and French/other Language at not more than two sittings.