OGSG Mulls Collaboration With Multilateral Institutions, Others For Seemless Transportation System

Ogun State Government is keen on collaborating with the National Council on Transportation, neighbouring states, development partners like the UK-Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility and multilateral institutions like the World Bank, to actualise the vision for seamless multimodal transportation in Ogun State.

The state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, disclosed this during the opening ceremony of the Executive Session of the 18th Edition of the National Council on Transportation, with the theme, “Embracing Innovations and Technologies For Sustainable Transportation: Tackling the Energy Challenges”, organised by the state in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Transportation, at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.

Governor Abiodun, who emphasised the significance of strategic collaboration in the states project development and implementation drive, noted that the transportation sector plays a pivotal role in sustainable growth and development of any state and the nation, stating that it was in recognition of this, his administration created a fully professionalised Ministry of Transportation.

Represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, explained that the state’s strategic and geographically advantageous position, coupled with its current swift industrialization and viable business opportunities, a proposed rail development plan would leverage and connect to infrastructure and services provided by the Nigeria Railway Corporation and neighbouring, Lagos State.

He noted that the move would create a sustainable socio-economic revolution, deliberately embarked upon to improve the ease of doing business, attract more investors, create employment opportunities and boost the revenue potential of the state stating that was the essence of his administration’s ISEYA agenda.

Governor Abiodun disclosed further that plans were underway to establish and operationalise a Dry Port city at Kajola/Papalanto in Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state, along the Nigeria Railway Corporation’s Standard Gauge Rail corridor, adding that the city would feature complementary mixed residential, commercial, and industrial developments like its Aerotropolis.

While appreciating the organisers for the choice of Ogun State for the programme, the state’s helmsman said the event would foster collaboration and cross-fertilise innovative ideas towards driving transformative changes within the country’s transportation sector.

Speaking, the Minister of Transportation, Senator Said Ahmed Alkali, noted that the transportation sector was a major cause of environmental pollution due to over dependence on fossil fuel and non-availability of alternative energy which had raised environmental and socio-economic issues such as, environmental pollution, fuel price volatility and economic sabotage.

“For Nigeria to be at the forefront, there is need to adopt a multifaceted approach to accelerate the adoption of a sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation solutions such as, modernising the country’s transportation systems by pioneering the frontier of green manufacturing and industrialisation, with a focus on natural gas as a transition fuel alongside other renewable energy sources”, he said.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Micheal Oloruntola, said the purpose of the technical session was to chart a new course that would assist in embracing new innovations and technologies for a sustainable transportation, with a view to developing the transportation sector in the country.