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Problems of water transportation in Nigeria

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By Akintola Timothy

There are various challenges for water transportation affecting development.

Transportation is one key factor for the social and economic development of every country. Immense efficiency, effective and adequacy in the transportation networking makes it easier for the the accomplishment of economic inputs. Whether by road, sea, air or rail, these transportation systems serve different purposes economically and contribute to the development of every country. In Nigeria, these transportation modes have not undergone significant development and in truth, it is impossible to quantify the impact of a functioning transportation system. Thus, it is important to envisage the Nigeria’s water transportation mode and the challenges that it is faced with.

Over the years, observers and researchers have found numerous discrepancies, most of which have continually affected the country’s water transportation mode. One of this challenges is the evident poor dredging. Despite the inland waters perfect for transportation, as well as the numerous canals, rivers, creaks and lagoons, the dry season poses imminent threats to this phenomenon, making it impassable as a result of the poor dredging. As a result of this challenges, Nigeria has lost the charge on numerous monetary opportunities and Nigerians living around the watersheds have been increasingly affected.

Maintenance of the navigation channels also pose another challenge.

Incompetent managers has been another factor crippling the development of the water transportation in Nigeria. Competency is one major challenge that has ravaged Nigeria across all sectors. Nigeria’s water transportation is also faced with intense management incompetency and complacency. The lack of education as regards the field systemically cripples the efficiency of the sector. The lack of berths for boats to stop, stay and sail off have also contributed to the underdevelopment of the water transportation in Nigeria.

The lack of maintenance of the navigation channels. In spite of the numerous linking rivers that can be exploited as a means of sailing to other countries, the inability to maintain these navigation channels have restricted the enactment of this policy. Goods cannot be transported by water as a result of this problem, remotely contributing to the hike in the price of imported goods. Also, the Nigerian government and private sector’s neglect of these inland waters for a preferred air or road transportation system have caused it to be of utmost unimportance.

Lack of professionals workforce contributing to the system’s inefficiency.

Moreover, some wrong water transportation policies have also contributed significantly to the underdevelopment of this transportation system. The policies that concern regulation and infrastructural development have been immensely cumbersome to achieve and the policy on the procurement of license provided operators with a difficult ambience for operations. Piracy has also been a prevalent issue ravaging the water transportation, as it brigs insecurity to the transportation mode. Pirates operations make cargos hugely unsafe for transporting passengers.

If is important to again point out the obvious lack of workforce as another factor affecting this industry. In truth, the water transportation requires a huge workforce. However, professionals are immensely lacking in this industry, which contributes to the overall inefficient output that the industry scores. The operational challenges in ports also pose another problem. With Nigerian ports being restricted, the operational standards of ports in Nigeria becomes increasingly ineffective unlike the ports of neighboring countries. In that case, those who depend on water transportation for exportation and importation of their goods rather use ports from neighboring countries.

Adequate funding required for water transportation improvement.

Inadequate funding poses as a very important problem that has decimated the growth of the water transportation industry in Nigeria. Adequate funding for a more efficient realization of efficient operation is very crucial. Without funding, most of the challenges listed above can not be salvaged. The waters for instance, cannot be dredged or security paradigms provided for without adequate funding of the water transportation system. Thus, while water transportation is very important for economic development, the inherent problems that it faces have contributed greatly to its underdevelopment and importantly the federal government must shape designs to help curb these challenges.


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1 year ago

Problems of water transportation in Nigeria – There are various challenges for water transportation affecting development. – Express your point of view.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
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1 year ago

Water transportation system is not very effective in Nigeria due to so many factors from lack financial support from the federal,lack of technical know how of the people in charge,lack of good protection of the passengers through insurance policy and so many other factors.Government should invest more in this because it will really boost the economy and serve as relieve to the citizens.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
1 year ago

We don’t have an appropriate water transportation system. The channels of the water pathways are not healthy enough. We need to do better in this water transportation. Most people living on island have the worst water.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
1 year ago

Nigeria has missed the charge on several monetary prospects as a result of natural calamity, which has also impacted certain citizens.

jdpumping
Member
1 year ago

Issues affecting water transportation in Nigeria are much and government needs to be proactive to solve this issues in order to provide effective and efficient distribution.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
1 year ago

The availability of reliable modes of transportation is essential to the economic and social growth of every nation. The accomplishment of economic inputs is facilitated by the transportation network’s high levels of efficiency, effectiveness, and adequacy.

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 year ago

There is not prosper water transportation there are many challenge face in water transportation such as protection of passenger the government need to solve all this obstacles for improve to be on water transportation and improve the economy

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
1 year ago

There hasn’t been much progress made on these fronts in Nigeria, and it’s tough to put a number on the benefits of having a reliable transportation infrastructure.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
1 year ago

The channels of the water pathways are not healthy enough. Govt should invest more in this because it will really boost the economy and serve as relieve to the citizens.

theApr
theApr
Member
1 year ago

These modes of transportation have not developed significantly in Nigeria, therefore it is actually hard to measure the benefits of an efficient transportation system.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
1 year ago

In Nigeria, there are numerous problems that affect water transportation, and the government must take the initiative to address these problems in order to provide effective and efficient distribution.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
1 year ago

It is essential to take into consideration the kind of water transportation utilized in Nigeria as well as the obstacles that it encounters.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 year ago

This phenomenon is in danger of impending danger during the dry season, and as a result of inadequate dredging, it is currently inaccessible.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
1 year ago

It’s difficult to put a price on the benefits of a dependable transportation infrastructure, but there hasn’t been much development on these fronts in Nigeria.

Christiana
Christiana
Member
1 year ago

An efficient transportation system is challenging to measure in Nigeria because these modes of transportation have not evolved much.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
1 year ago

As a consequence of these difficulties, Nigeria has missed out on a great deal of monetary prospects, and the people who live in and around the country’s watersheds have been significantly impacted as a result.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 year ago

One factor hindering the growth of Nigeria’s maritime sector is an absence of safe harbors at which boats can dock, stay, and set sail.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
1 year ago

Piracy is another major problem plaguing this mode of transportation since it adds an element of danger to the journey and because pirate actions render cargos extremely dangerous for transporting passengers.

Bola12
Bola12
Member
1 year ago

The waterways’ ducts aren’t in good enough condition to carry water safely. The government should allocate more resources to this cause because it will greatly benefit the economy and the people.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
1 year ago

Problems of water transportation in Nigeria. Sometimes i wonder what keep of country is this. Fake country if we can tell ourselves the truth. Country without leaders of Criminal Minds. Zero plans for everything. Every sector in Nigeria is not balance. Nigeria can’t boost of anything. Every system is corrupt in Nigeria. We need to vote right in 2023

SarahDiv
Member
1 year ago

There are several factors mitigating against the development of our water ways in Nigeria.We couldn’t explore our water ways as a means of transportation due to several factors enumerated above. Moreso is the government policies that is killing the utilization of our water ways as a means of transportation.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
1 year ago

The southern part of Nigeria is surrounded by water. We can actually generate revenue from this area through water transportation and other things but due to lack of professional and problem of illiteracy in this area it was largely neglected. Poor management skill also further affected water transportation Nigeria.