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Amaechi says funding is challenge of transport infrastructure development

The Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

The Honourable Minister of
Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday cited issues of funding as a major problem in development of infrastructure in the transport sector in Nigeria and the
African continent.

The minister stated this in Abuja, while
speaking at the opening of Africa Transport Policy Programme (SSATP), an annual
meeting of all transport Ministries in Africa.
He noted that “Fund is the major
challenge for transport infrastructure, we need funds to enable us to
build the railway. We need funds to be able to build roads. We need funds
in aviation. So, our greatest challenge is fund.”
Amaechi further stated that the meeting
is “to ensure that we have a sustainable and organised transportation mode
that will be‎ able to transport goods for both businesses, cargo and man
as passengers, and also to discuss the issue of urbanisation in transportation.”
The minister added that the meeting
would address issues of mutual benefits in terms of what the countries could
get from one another.  He said: “we are
going to discuss what benefit we can get from other countries, the ones
that have done better than us, we will be able to look at what we have
done, we exchange ideas, even to source for funds, we will share ideas.”
The meeting  themed “Africa’s Rapid Urbanisation and The
Response to Mobility In The Digital Era” will take a critical look into the
urban transport and mobility, in order to provide technical support for the
development of efficient, safe and integrated urban transport system for cities
in Africa.
Participants are expected to initiate a
sustainable urban mobility study to help countries developed policy recommendation
and a set of priority interventions as a way to improve accessibility and
mobility in African cities.
In attendance are Ministers
of Transportation from other African countries and representatives from Ghana,
Ethiopia, South Africa, Morocco, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Cote d Ivoire among
other countries. The meeting will come to a close on Friday, July 6, 2018.

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