The Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE) has stressed the need for the federal government to build modern transport infrastructures to achieve an integrated inter-modal transport system for the benefit of its citizens.
The president of the NAE, Engr. Joanna Maduka in her welcome address at the Fellows’ Forum organised by the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE) held at the Afe Babalola Auditorium, University of Lagos pointed out that it is high time the government fast-tracked development and ensure the country’s economic progress remain on course.
Maduka lamented that despite the colossal sums invested in roads, railways, airways and inland waterways among others, none of them at present operate efficiently or even complement others.She stated that globally, Nigeria ranks low in the quality of its infrastructure, and this reality impacts ease of doing business, socio-economic progress and national development as a whole.
“A key challenge identified for this according to a survey conducted to determine the most problematic factors for doing business in each country, as part of the Global Competitiveness Report was inadequate investment and poor management of transport infrastructure,” she said.
Harping on, “Inter-state Bus Transportation in Nigeria” Chairman, Efex Executive Ltd, Engr. Isaac Uhunmwagho said what is conspicuously missing is that there is no effort by the federal government to microscopically look at the traveling experiences of Nigerians especially on the roads, and to take rudimentary steps in identifying the problems of travelers and provide regulations for a Minimum Basic Standards (MBS) on inter-state transportation.
“The lack of MBS in Transportation cuts across all the sectors of transportation, i.e. Aviation, Road, and Water Transportation, The only exception is Rail transportation which has, so far, remained in government hands.”
He counseled the government to have benchmarks for inter-state or inter-city transportation to standardize the sector.
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