- SBM Intelligence, a geopolitical and socio-economic research firm, has released a new report which outlines the worst roads in Nigeria
- Among those listed are the Benin bypass, Lokoja-Ajaokuta road, Onitsha-Enugu road, and the Mokwa-Jebba road
- According to the report, the poor state of road transportation in Nigeria has led to the loss of billions of naira in economic value as well as thousands of avoidable deaths from accidents
A geopolitical and socio-economic research firm, SBM Intelligence, has released a report listing some of the worst roads in Nigeria, Premium Times reports.
The report which was released following an indepth study of Nigeria’s expressways, listed the following roads as some of the worst in the country:
- Benin bypass
- Idoma-Benue highway
NAIJ.com gathers that the study was conducted using feedback from drivers of commercial vehicles; about 71% of whom stated that in the last 5 years, Nigerian roads have gotten worse.
The report stated: “The poor state of road transportation has led to the loss of billions of naira in economic value as well as thousands of avoidable deaths due to accidents.
“Despite the fact that billions of naira are budgeted yearly at all levels of governments for the building of new roads and maintenance of existing ones, Nigeria continues to grapple with the need for more, and better roads.”
A lead analyst at SBM Intel, Ikemesit Effiong, blamed the bad state of roads in the country for the slow cultural development of different areas of Nigeria.
He stated that cross-fertilisation of ideas essential for cultural integration and national identity formation were being hampered by the state of the nation’s roads.
He advised the federal government to fix the roads, stating: “Coupled with its impact on the cost of doing business and needless loss of human lives, any serious Nigerian government will focus squarely on fixing our roads.”
Nigeria has 108,000km of surfaced roads (32,000km of which has been built and is managed by the Federal Government), making it the country with the largest road network in West Africa; yet, the government has reportedly not undergone a large-scale assessment of the current state of the nation’s roads.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Babatunde Fashola, the minister of works, power and housing, unveiled plans by the federal government to build a better network of roads and bridges across the country.
Fashola said that the intention was to connect states, drive economy, move fuel, food and the import and export of goods.
He unveiled a plan for the construction of 44 federal highways, 63 roads and an emergency intervention across the country ahead of the rainy season to give relief to Nigerians subject to appropriation.
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