United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Nigeria

Mr. Chairman,
My delegation wishes to align with the positions of the African Group and Group
of 77 on ?meeting the challenges of Transportation needs in the 21st Century?
during this review session.
The Government of Nigeria has embarked on the bold project of integrating all
sectors of her transport systems consisting of 198,000 km of road; 3,500 km of
rail, 8,600 km of inland waterways and about 22 airports. This initiative is a key
aspect of her current national development agenda and is being implemented by
a combination of old and new institutions such as Federal Road Maintenance
Agency (FERMA), Inland Waterways Authority, Nigerian Airspace Regulatory
Agency, e.t.c. Some of the specific activities being executed in this respect include
modernization of old track-gauge and construction of new medium gauge of rail
tracks, procurement of new rolling stocks, dredging of 572 km of the lower Niger
River and construction of inland ports, implementation of total radar coverage for
Nigerian airspace, e.t.c.
With respect to road transport which by far is the most important means of
movement in Nigeria, the country has embraced ?road concessioning? option. This
initiative has drawn fruitful private sector participation in highway construction
and maintenance. To complement this, we are implementing local and subregional
partnerships on road safety, standardization and emission control
measures. We have achieved complete phasing out of lead in Nigerian gasoline
since 1993. We have also carried out graded ban on importation of old cars.
Mr. Chairman,
At urban or metropolitan level, Nigeria has commenced the process of adopting
the best practices of Bus Rapid Transportation (BRT) and this has been
successfully launched in the Lagos metropolis. We are equally involved in regional
collaboration for sustainable transport management through the West African
Road Safety Organization (WARSO) and participation in the Trans African Highway
Project.
In conclusion, Mr. Chairman, Nigeria will appreciate the support of the
international community in building requisite technology, institutional capacity
and human capital towards achieving sustainable transport system in the country.
I thank you.
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