TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY CONSIDERS KOREAN TRANSPORT OPTION
The Federal Government is considering incorporating the Korean Intelligent Transport System (ITS) into the National Transport Policy of the country as a way of addressing challenges in the transportation sector.
The Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, made this known today when participants of 2020 Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) briefed her on the capacity building program with the theme “Enhancing Intermodal Freight Transport System Using Elements of Intelligent Transport System (ITS).
The Minister who welcomed the idea, noted that but for COVID-19, plans had reached advanced stage to start implementing aspects of ITS such as registration of operators to help sanitize the sector.
The Minister further called for synergy between the Ministry and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in the collection of data of road transport operators and workers. This according to her, will aid the Federal Government to come up with a feasible National Transport Policy for the sector.
Furthermore, she assured that government will provide the enabling environment to encourage private sector participation that will bring about a structured road sector capable of delivering the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) agreement which the country recently entered into.
In his presentation, Engr. Sani A. Sani, a participant of KOICA informed the Minister that the capacity training program dwelt on the successful transport module in the People’s Republic of Korea which was initiated in 1993 and how this can be implemented with Nigeria, using Lagos and Abuja as pilot scheme.
Sani noted that the module which was structured on Intelligent Transport System has elements of Bus Management System (BMS), Parking Information System (PIS), Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS), and this has considerably enhanced traffic management, increased productivity, reduced road accidents and emission of green house gases in Korea.
He further posited that though ITS is technologically driven, it will not lead to job losses as its multiplier effects will create new jobs and new businesses along major transport routes.
Also, he disclosed that at the end of the training, an action plan was developed by the participants to be considered for possible implementation by the Ministry. According to him, the short and long term plans suggested under the action plan include: rehabilitation of existing roads and construction of new ones, construction of new rail lines to improve connectivity to the hinterland, dredging of Rivers Niger and Benue to enhance movement of cargoes by barges to Inland water ports.