TRANSPORT

During this plan period, the transport sector will focus on the following infrastructure development priorities:

■       Roads – priority portfolios focus on refurbishing and expanding the cross-national highway network. This includes dualisations as well as general rehabilitation of major routes. Furthermore, the regional road network will be rehabilitated and expanded;

■       Rail – emphasis is placed on rehabilitating existing railway lines to make all of them functional, and to build additional railway lines to upscale the railway network. Moreover, rail links to sites of economic importance are envisaged to be established;

■       Aviation – the air transport sector needs to upgrade and expand the existing airport infrastructure. In particular, 11 airports are to be renovated and facilities to be upgraded to international standards;

■       Maritime – the short-term focus in maritime sector is on increasing the share of inland waterway transportation through dredging of waterways and upgrading inland ports. Also, construction of 2 new seaports and upgrading and expanding existing ports is planned;

■       Urban transport – in order to deploy adequate means of urban road transport across all major cities of Nigeria, a broad set of investments needs to be undertaken in the short-term. This comprises the provision of buses, establishment of terminals, bus lanes, motor parks and traffic control systems. It is also foreseen that construction of rail mass transit for urban areas with population of more than 1 million people will commence in the short-term, although these projects will take longer to complete and require substantial investments later than the initial 5-year period.