Prof. Olukayode Oyesiku, Chairman of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Nigeria 2022 Conference Planning Committee, has identified an efficient inter-modal transport system as a remedy to mitigate effects of future flooding in the country.
Oyesiku, a professor of Transport Systems, Urban and Development Planning, made this assertion when he spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the institute’s recently held conference in Lagos.
He urged the government at various levels to reduce its over-dependenceon road transport.
While commending the Federal Government’s efforts at expanding rail transport infrastructure across the country, Oyesiku said other modes like using pipelines to transport fuel should be revisited.
He also spoke on the need to have a national transport policy from where a transport master plan could evolve for greater national economic and social integration.
Oyesiku added that the CILT in Nigeria is concerned about innovations that will ensure seamless and simplified supply chain processes, blending human expertise with technology in a manner that is sustainable.
“Part of what we’ve incorporated in this conference is to look for innovations that will ensure whatever you do, particularly the supply chain process, as we have observed, must remain sustainable.
“We have equally realized that having one dominant mode of transportation is a disadvantage, and I will give an instance; we have been relying on road transport, but if we had an alternative, between Lokoja and Abuja, for example, rail, we will not be held up by what is currently happening.
Across the nation too, virtually everywhere that has been affected by flood has been rendered impassable because they’re dominated by road transport.
“Sustainability is about two or three things; getting a transport system that is safe, comfortable, convenient, and most importantly, cost-effective, and moving a large number of people, goods, and services from one point to another.
Source: Independent News