These were part of the recommendations adopted by the Conference
during the debate and consideration of the Report of the
Transportation Committee headed by Senator Musa Adede with a
retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Ralph Ola
Osanaiye, as deputy chairman.
The Committee had observed that the existing transportation
infrastructure in Nigeria comprising roads, railways, ports,
airport and pipelines is inadequate in terms of accessibility
It located that the transportation sector represents a
significant proportion of Nigeria’s key infrastructure because
it facilitates the links between spatially located facilities
and acts as mechanism for maintaining social contact.
Transportation, it said, affects the totality of a country’s
activity ranging from its people, economy, environment and even
At the same time, the report noted that an ineffective
transportation system could frustrate the efforts of government
and the people, while an adequate transport system can impact
positively on the national development and enhance the standard
of living of the people.
It noted, “a well-planned and developed inter-modal
transportation system is an essential infrastructure requirement
for socio-economic development.
“Transportation goes beyond facilitating the movement of people
and goods but also contributes to the regional and national
development creating positive multiplier effects on all sectors
of the economic activities, which will lead to job creation and
It said further that the most central challenge identified in
this sector is the absence of an integrated approach to
transportation development and management in Nigeria.
According to the committee, the absence of a central authority
to oversight the implementation of the various National
Transportation Master Plan and the heavy dependence on budgetary
provision for transport development has led to inadequate
funding regimes and distortions in most transport projects.
The committee observed that the privatization of projects such
as the ports concessioning has not also removed the financial
burden from government as public funds are still being applied
to the expansion and maintenance of the facilities, leaving the
concessionaires to collect revenue.
Conference accepted its recommendation that government should
review the existing transportation master plan for each sector
based on economic analysis, to determine the economic rate of
return on each transportation project looking at the economic
impact and financial implication of such projects.
Such plan, as adopted by the Conference, should prioritized
projects based on economic analysis and budget constraints so as
to determine the diverse range of benefits.
Such benefits include: accessibility and social benefits;
economic and growth benefits; decongestion benefits;
environmental benefits; health and social benefits;
infrastructure maintenance benefits; and operation and
It was accepted that foreign airlines be encouraged to employ
Nigerian pilots and other staff as the number of unemployed
qualified Nigerians in this sector compared to the burgeoning
number of their foreign counterparts is precarious and
Conference said government should ensure urgent construction of
perimeter roads and fences around the airports so as to enhance
airport security and prevent incidents of stray animals
colliding with aircraft on the run way.
It was also resolved that the abandoned Onitsha Cargo Airport in
Anambra State should be completed to enhance commercial
activities in the South-east.
Government was also mandated to fast-track the completion of
Lokoja and Onitsha ports projects; and also dredges all inland
On roads, Conference said government must, as a matter of
priority, fast-track the completion of East-West Road which
links the southern parts of the country to the western part to
enhance effective transportation within the geo-political zones.
Government was also tasked to establish Road Development Fund
for the development and maintenance of public roads and that the
sources of revenue may include among others, toll gates with a
provision for alternative routes, vehicle tax, weigh bridges,
parking fees and petroleum tax.
It was decided that there should be a legal framework for the
private sector participation in the financing and management of
public roads in he country.
Conference also asked the Federal Government to start work on
the Nigerian sector of the Trans-African Highway as a way of
easing transportation with the African continent.
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