A non-governmental, the Road Users Development Network of Nigeria, has said that good road infrastructure will foster a nation’s economic development, especially those linking rural communities.
Mr. John Uket, the Coordinator of the NGO, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.
According to him, one of the basic requirements that underscore a country’s level of development is good road networks.
“We discovered that roads are primarily one of the requirements to foster economic advancement of any nation, especially in Nigeria where we have rural areas that serve as the base for agricultural production.
“So we started up a course that tend to catapult a paradigm shift in the economies of Nigeria and overtime we have been able to do work with stakeholders and the government has also been able to heed our cry.
“For the road situation in the Mararaba/Nyanya axis, what we did was to come together and see how we can fix the road.
“We did that over a year and presently we have been able to win the heart of the minister of works who has been able to give directives to FERMA.
“FERMA is currently working on that axis, this has eased the plight of the people, because that road has the highest vehicular density considering the proximity to capital city.’’ Uket said.
Uket said that residents usually left their homes as early as 4:00a.m. to get to their offices but the repair works had brought relieve to the people.
The coordinator said that the NGO had been able to boost traffic movements through a platform called citizenship traffic ownership programme.
He said that the association had been able to build citizens awareness on the need for citizens to take responsibility of the traffic situation in their locality.
“Gone are the days when citizens don’t take responsibility of the traffic within their locality, we have been able to bring about an orientation in that respect.
“We have been able to bring to the consciousness of Nigerians to know that as road users, they are the officials with the best information regarding the traffic in that area.
“We are looking at a situation where we can have a system we call Advance Traffic Management System (ATMS) in Nigeria.
“If this is put in place, I am sure traffic issues in the country will be a thing of the past,’’ Uket said.
Speaking on government policies, Uket said that government had put in place many good policies concerning roads but the problem was implementation.
He, therefore, appealed to the government to ensure that the right people were deployed to implement policies.
NAN reports that the NGO works in partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps and Vehicle Inspection Officers to achieve safety preserve lives and property on Nigerian roads. (NAN)