The national chairman of Nigerian Institution of Highway and Transportation Engineers (NIHTE), Engr. Obiekwe Gabriel Anaduaka, has pegged the economic loss resulting to the absence of traffic centres on highways to billions of naira annually.
Traffic centres is a place or station where some persons or operators use a combination of computer applications, CCTV and communication technology to monitor and control traffic flows, and quickly respond to incidents and alarms.
To this end, he called on federal government to build traffic centres on Nigerian roads to avert loss of human and material resources.
He stated this in Abuja yesterday at the 2018 national conference and annual general meeting of NIHTE with the theme: “Effects of Excessive Axle Loads on Nigerian Roads.”
Anaduaka stated that operators at the traffic centres were expected to record the number, types and plate number of vehicles plying the highways, after which the data collated would be sent to the ministry of power, works and housing for evaluation and in designing other roads.
He stated that the economic losses recorded due to the absence of traffic centres extended to major sectors of the economy, adding that major roads linking Lagos, Kano, Lokoja and among others were damaged by excessive axle load.
The guest speaker who is the principal, Hancock Ogundiya & Partners, Engr Oludayo Oluyemi, wondered why governments lacked the political will to fish out persons that damaged the roads.
He regretted that Nigeria had in the past built many numbers of toll gates that failed to measure axle load but centred on gross weight.