Transport sector restructuring crucial to Nigeria’s economic prosperity, says Oni

To achieve the transport component of the Vision 2020, and place Nigeria on the path of economic prosperity, a Professor of Transportation Geography, Department of Geography, University of Lagos, Samuel Iyiola Oni, has called for restructuring of the sector.

This, he said, would be done using spatial temporal approach, without which every other effort to tackle challenges of the sector will continually be fruitless.

Delivering the inaugural lecture series at UNILAG, titled, “A Spatio-Temporal Restructuring of Transportation System In Nigeria,” Oni also highlighted that institutional reforms in the sector is also critical in the restructuring process.

He said since transportation is life, without which nothing can do, all the key players in the road, rail, maritime and aviation sector should come together and synergise, as the nation’s economy will benefit from that golden alliance.

He said: “The starting point for transport restructuring in Nigeria therefore, is the generation of sound, qualitative and up-to-date data. Without this, research, planning and development in this sector will only continue to be guesswork, and planning would continually be done on erroneous scales.