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Title:The development and utilization of Nigeria's inland waterway system: status and ideal
Author:Ikporukpo, C.O.
Periodical:The Nigerian Geographical Journal
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:inland water transport
Abstract:Nigeria has an extensive network of rivers, creeks, lagoons and lakes which may provide a basis for the development of an inland waterway transportation system. The present article looks at the extent to which the country's waterways have been developed into a navigable inland waterway transportation system, the role of the government and the private sector, the importance of the waterway system in the performance of urban and rural transportation functions, and the potentials for further development. It concludes that given Nigeria's extensive river and creek systems, the present level of development of the navigable waterways system is far from that attainable. The system's underdevelopment is largely due to relative neglect. Operations in urban areas could be significantly improved. Besides metropolitan Lagos, there is hardly any well-organized water-based transit system in other coastal and riverine towns. Here the role of the government cannot be overemphasized, given the relatively slow rate of returns to standard ferry vessels in the Nigerian setting. In rural areas there is a lack of transport vessels, and private initiative and private sector provision of more crafts should be encouraged. Bibliogr.