A Business Mogul, Chief Okey Umeora has identified railways as a panacea to traffic jams in Nigeria.
Chief Umeora made the observation while interacting with Information officers, shortly after identifying with All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Akpo Ward, at Ezechukwu’s Compound, Amaife Village Akpo, on January 7.
He said: “Nigeria’s population is increasing and more vehicles are entering the roads, yet roads are not increasing in number.
“The little in existence is not in their best state. The way out of this problem will be through connectivity to the rail-based mass transit system throughout Nigeria.
“If there is rail connection from South South, South East, South West, North East, North West and North Central, driving from Asaba to Onitsha cannot last up to six hours, a distance of not more than five to 10 kilometers.
“I drove for four hours to get to Asaba from Lagos and spent six hours to get to Onitsha from Asaba,’’ he said regrettably.
Chief Umeora eulogised President Muhammadu Buhari’s Government for embarking on the construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge, describing it as a step in the right direction.
“It is going to reduce traffic jams within the Niger Bridge. A lot more is needed to be done.
“I take solace in the fact that Ndi Anambra made a good choice of Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo, an Economist of international repute.
“I am optimistic that he is going to work with the Federal Government in prioritising railway projects in Nigeria”.