Thursday 23rd February, 2017
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Good road infrastructure fosters economic development - group

Good road infrastructure fosters economic development - group

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)
 

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