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.


Car Maintenance Tips For a Smooth Road Trip

If you travel often with your car, whether for leisure or for business, it must always be in top shape. This is to avoid mechanical issues during your trip. If this happens, you have already ruined your travel. At this point, it is important to be aware of how to maintain your car for a smooth and exciting road trip. Jumia Travel, the leading online booking agency shares some of these car care hacks.

Know your car

The best time to understand your car is when everything is going as it should, before your travels. It’s essential to know what all the parts look, sound, and perform like when they are operating correctly. Where do the fluids go and why, and what happens if the fluids aren’t there?

Don’t leave home without the owner’s manual

Every car comes with an owner’s manual. The owner’s manual will offer recommended maintenance schedules and specifications for all parts of your car. It will also tell you about those fluids (antifreeze, power steering fluid and, coolant) and the right amounts and what to look for.

Periodic physical inspection

Do not wait until your car breaks down before you perform a visual inspection. A quick walk-around your car from time to time is always a good idea. You should look in the car as well as under the car. You find a leak and this can be a signal that something is wrong.

Regular oil replacement

Oil changes are important for optimal engine performance. Endeavour to follow the suggestions of the manufacturer on the type of oil and frequency recommended for changing the oil. If you aren’t sure on the timing, you can also visually inspect it yourself.

Know what to leave to experts

Unless you are a car guru, then you are strongly advised to leave some maintenance items to the experts. This includes changing the oil, replacing the spark plugs, checking the brakes, and getting your tires rotated, balanced, and aligned. These experts have the tools, the facilities, and the knowledge to complete these tasks quickly and efficiently.


Nigeria seek Russia and India for USD 46 billion to finish railways

Global Construction Review reported that the government of Nigeria is seeking USD 46 billion from the Russian Exim Bank and investors in India to get three strategic railways completed. Transport minister Rotimi Amaechi revealed that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the sourcing of loans to finish three standard gauge lines: Lagos-Kano, Lagos-Calabar and Port Harcourt-Maiduguri.

For a number of years Nigeria has been in talks with China to build the USD 11 billion Lagos-Calabar railway.

Mr Amaechi said he had talked with investors from Russia and India to provide the funding. He said that “I was in India to look for money and there are people talking to me. I also had a meeting with Russian Exim Bank. Any of them that gives us money will be welcomed, because the Chinese are already funding the Lagos-Kano line. The president has given the clearance for talks with investors.”

(Global Construction Review)


The Federal Government is constructing a new Standard-Gauge Rail Line connecting Lagos to Ibadan, flagged off by VP Professor Osinbajo in 2017.

According to the Presidency’s release on Twitter on Sunday, the project is part of President “Buhari’s vision to ensure Nigeria is connected by fast & efficient rail.”

#260bn invested in roads under Buhari – FG

The Federal Government on Thursday said it had invested N260bn in roads across the country in the past three years.

According to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola he stated that the funds were expended on the road sector between 2015 and 2018.

The former Governor of Lagos State disclosed this in his keynote address at the 4th Quadrennial Delegates’ Conference of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers branch of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers in Abuja.

Road Construction: Lagos State Govt pays #11.85bn Compensation

Lagos State Lands Bureau on Tuesday said that over N11.85 billion has been approved as compensation for property and owners affected by the alignment and right of way for construction, reconstruction and dualisation of roads.

Special adviser to Gov. Ambode on Urban Development, Mrs Yetunde Onabule disclosed this to newsmen at the ministerial briefing to mark the governor’s third year in office earlier in the week.