By Ajibola Abayomi,
November 3, 2018.
Professor Bamidele Badejo of Department of Geography, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State has explained why it was difficult over the years for Nigeria to achieve an effective intermodal transportation system.
The don who was former Commissioner of Transportation in Lagos state posited that the dream of quality transportation system to complement the economy would remain a dream if those in power were not determined to do the right thing.
He spoke at the 11th transport development lecture/excellence awards organized by Quest Media Group led by Felix O Kumuyi held at Lagos Airport hotel on Saturday.
“It is sad to note that in Nigeria, the possibility of realising and achieving an intermodal transport system seems impossible, whereas in the developed world especially in Europe and America as well as Asian countries, the concept of intermodality relationship and handshake are the order of the day.
“In Nigeria the issue of intermodality however is gradually attracting some elements of attentions and considerations. This is because the past approaches, strategies and methods that were implemented towards providing transport infrastructure needs of its people and the economy have ended up compounding the problems meant to solve.
He noted that “the mythical nature intermodal transport system in Nigeria is a function of ‘too many cooks’ which eventually ‘spoil the broth’. The analogy of this statement is that everybody is expert in transport development meaning also that they have knowledge expertise, proficiency and prerequisite to midwife the transport infrastructure system befitting the Nigerian states which are capable of promoting good governance and sustainable development.”
Recommending the way forward, the Professor said “it is necessary to provide adequate funds for the development of capital projects that are associated with transportation
“There is also the need to fortify and recorder through proper coordination existing institutional regulatory mechanism, especially in the administrative regulatory, licensing and controlling operators, facilities and infrastructure required, a good enduring public private partnerships necessary for Nigerian nation
“Data management and information system are essential ingredients and tools required for adequate and proper planning. However in Nigeria, there is a general dearth and poor quality data base for transport infrastructure development to be properly situated.
“Intermodal transport infrastructure development is not a myth as it is often perceived in the Nigeria rather it is a reality that we must as a matter of urgency adopt as the future way forward for transport infrastructure development.”