By Onyinye Apeh, Abuja
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There is the urgent need to develop intermodal transport system to facilitate easy movement of goods out of the nation’s seaports, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Mr Hassan Bello has said.
Speaking on the occasion of the 2nd National Transport Summit, organised by the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), undr the theme, “Building Sustainable Transport Infrastructure in Nigeria: Opportunities, Innovation and Technology”, Bello said the challenges at the nation’s seaports can be addressed only by intermodalism and not multimodalism.
He argued that as far as the seaports were concerned, interconnectivity as well as modern transport infrastructure were what the nation needs.
Bello said, “Transport infrastructure is as good as integration with other mode of transportation, as you can see, it needs professionals to direct that. We don’t build infrastructure just for building sake.
“This infrastructure must integrate. Multimodalism is not our problem while intermodalism is the problem. They have to come together.
“We have port in Calabar, but once your goods are at the seaport in Calabar, how do you now move them to Maiduguri and other places. We need high sense of interconnectivity and modern infrastructure in our seaports to do so.
“What we are saying is that professionals already know, they have plans, maybe 20 years plans of what the transport framework will look like. We need different mode of transportation, which must be integrated. So, we are talking about seamless transport system”.