By Godwin Oritse
THE Institute of Transport Administration (IOTA) has said that the entire constituent element of transport must be brought to bear with a view to developing an integrated inter-model transport network.
Speaking at the 9th meeting of the National Council on Transport currently holding the Calabar, Cross Rivers State, the President of the Institute, Mr Lucky Amiwero said that an integrated transport network will also help in the policy planning of theÂ sector.
Amiwero, whose paper was titled â€œan efficient integrated inter-model transport system in Nigeriaâ€ also said â€œthe objective of an integrated transport policy is to foster the development of the various transport mode in a manner that will lead to the realization of efficient, sustainable, safe, and a balanced transportation system in Nigeria, where each of transport operating in its field of economy and usefulness by interfacing with each other for adequate service and progressive development of the entire sectorâ€.
He noted the current system lacks non-integration, adding that the system could be improved upon by building institutional and regulatory structure that will bring about an affordable transport system.
The institute boss was of the opinion that a quarterly operational and safety audit be made compulsory and be carried out on operators and the report of such audit made available to all parties concerned.
â€œMany mode of transport can efficiently play its part when there are integrated to making city work better.According the reduction of road congestion, with its consequence and economic benefits is usually the motivating factor for investment in mass rapid transit (MRT) as it has capacity to carry large volumes just as it is superior to buses in attracting traffic.
â€œMRT plays important role in maintaining the viability andÂ environmental quality of very large cities.
â€œSeveral MRT technologies should always be considered and selection among them should be through a systematic comparison of their cost, benefit and financial sustainability.
â€œThe integration of MRT with land use, and its sheer financial magnitude, requires careful integration into the planning of the cities and right of way, so as to ensure development permissions, commit funding and provide some necessary guaranteeâ€ he stated.
All transport Commissioers from every state of the Federation are currently attending the meeting to chartÂ a new transport course for the nation.Besides, all government agencies with operations in the transport sub-sector are also in attedance.