Amaechi says funding is challenge of transport infrastructure development

The Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi


The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday cited issues of funding as a major problem in development of infrastructure in the transport sector in Nigeria and the African continent.

The minister stated this in Abuja, while speaking at the opening of Africa Transport Policy Programme (SSATP), an annual meeting of all transport Ministries in Africa.
He noted that “Fund is the major challenge for transport infrastructure, we need funds to enable us to build the railway. We need funds to be able to build roads. We need funds in aviation. So, our greatest challenge is fund.”
Amaechi further stated that the meeting is “to ensure that we have a sustainable and organised transportation mode that will be‎ able to transport goods for both businesses, cargo and man as passengers, and also to discuss the issue of urbanisation in transportation.”
The minister added that the meeting would address issues of mutual benefits in terms of what the countries could get from one another.  He said: “we are going to discuss what benefit we can get from other countries, the ones that have done better than us, we will be able to look at what we have done, we exchange ideas, even to source for funds, we will share ideas.”
The meeting  themed “Africa’s Rapid Urbanisation and The Response to Mobility In The Digital Era” will take a critical look into the urban transport and mobility, in order to provide technical support for the development of efficient, safe and integrated urban transport system for cities in Africa.
Participants are expected to initiate a sustainable urban mobility study to help countries developed policy recommendation and a set of priority interventions as a way to improve accessibility and mobility in African cities.
In attendance are Ministers of Transportation from other African countries and representatives from Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, Morocco, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Cote d Ivoire among other countries. The meeting will come to a close on Friday, July 6, 2018.