Amaechi canvases use of inland waterways for mass transportation in Lagos

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr  Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has restated the readiness of the Ministry to partner with the Lagos State Government on better ways of utilising the inland waterways to improve transportation system in the state.

The Minister stated this at the 1st Lagos Traffic Radio Lecture Series with the theme “Migrating Workforce: The Challenges of Mass Transportation.”

He observed that it had become necessary for Lagos State to utilise other modes for mass transportation as the roads alone cannot cope with the level of migration into the city.

Amaechi said the ministry had forwarded the National Transport Commission and the Nigerian Railway Corporation bills to the National Assembly for consideration with the aim of enhancing regulation and establish more opportunities for private sector investment into critical transport infrastructure.

He said the ministry had embarked on some strategic interventions to improve transportation system in the country.

He said such interventions include the auditing of the maritime sector, the re-establishment of a new national shipping line through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, building modern rail infrastructure to link most of the country and the establishment of inland ports amongst others.

While commending the Government of Lagos State for its strategic focus in transportation development, Amaechi urged the Lagos State Government to remain committed to its transport master plan.

The minister assured stakeholders that the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari has the capacity and political will to deliver on its promises because of its zero tolerance for corruption and commitment to due diligence.