Maritime expert calls for priority attention for transport infrastructure development in Nigeria


Infrastructural development in the transport sector needs priority attention for growth and sustainability, the Rector of the Certified Institute of Shipping (CIS)Dr Alexandra Okwuashi, said on Thursday in Lagos.

Okwuashi made this statement at the 2014 Annual Lecture Investiture and Award Ceremony of the CIS that took place at the institute in Magbon, Badagry Expressway, Lagos.
According to the rector, the maritime sector has continued to struggle in its operations due to negligence in the area of infrastructure development that should support the industry.
“Government has not given adequate priority to the development of transport infrastructure.
“Government has not also given adequate priority to the maintenance of the infrastructure that is available. That is why you see the roads packing up,” he said.
In his paper titled ‘Development of transport infrastructure in Nigeria,’ Okwuashi noted that  the design of Nigerian roads presently, did not allow for intersections within the town to give room for development.
He therefore called for the development of the railways to reduce the impact of the heavy-duty trucks and containers on the roads.
“We want government to put more efforts in developing the rail lines because more cargoes can be moved through this mode of transportation.
“It is easier for the train to carry what about 40-60 trucks cannot even carry and the impact will not be on the roads.”
Okwuashi also called on banks to support government’s efforts in boosting the maritime sub-sector.
Also speaking during the event, the chairman of the council of CIS, Prof. Adalemo Isaac, bemoaned the lack of statistics to assist in measuring the input of transport to economic development.
 “The lack of statistics and records of actual cost input to provide, maintain and replace infrastructure hinders the accurate measurement of contributions of transport to economic development,” he said.
According to the chairman of the council, the provision of transport infrastructure remains key to a sustainable economic development.

Highpoint of the ceremony was the commissioning of the institute’s E-Library and the Computer Based Testing centre approved by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board for the 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.