Minister of Information and Communication, Mr Labaran Maku, on Friday said that the Federal Government would continue to place emphasis on the development of a modern transportation infrastructure.
Maku disclosed this while speaking at a press briefing by the Minister of Transport, Alhaji Yusuf Suleiman.
The minister said that transportation was crucial to economic development and progress of a nation.
He said that any nation that lacked good transportation infrastructure would not develop as everything would be at standstill.
“Unless we make provisions for movement of goods and passengers, it will not be possible to sustain ourselves,’’ Maku said
He described the Ministry of Transport as central to the nation’s development.
The minister said that the Federal Government had committed huge investments into the nation’s transportation system.
“If leaders are assessed by efforts they make by their vision and programmes, the programmes in transportation sector qualify President Goodluck Jonathan to be rated favourably by Nigerians,” he said.
He, however, said that one area of national shame was the railway transportation system.
“Since the British left, we are unable to modernise our rail system whereas India has modernised its rail system.
“But the President has moved the rail and other transportation systems to certain level.
“Today, we may not have reached the point of clapping hand on rail system, but a lot of commitment is being made,’’ Maku said.
He said the Federal Government had been able to make the dredging of the Lower River Niger a reality.
“We should not lag behind anymore. We must ensure things are turned around in the transport sector to promote trade and development,” Maku said. (NAN)