Transportation Problem in the FCT (#ArabaPalava) What Way Out? Comment and Win Cash Prizes
EDITOR: Those who live in the Abuja or have visited at one time or the other may have notice that there is a problem of transportation in the Federal Capital Territory. A study of he problem tagged #ArabaPalava has been highlighted below for your understanding. After reading, you are expected to suggest possible solutions based the already identified problems. The idea behind the #ArabaPalava campaign is to get citizens especially those who bear the brunt of the identified problems to share ideas on how they think it can be solved.
Beside helping to solve the transportation problem of the FCT, your suggestions could help you win a cash prize if they considered worthy of meeting the transportation problem in the FCT. All suggestions will be evaluated and the best three selected for the prize money as follows:
1st Prize: N5,000
2nd Prize: N3,000
3rd Prize: N2,000
* All comment entries must be entered on the comment box below:
* Comment must not be less than 200 words and must readable in simple languages.
* Comments must state only the solution to the problems that has already been identified.
* Authors of the comments must fill in their full name and valid email address for easy contact.
* All comment entries must be received by midnight on Sunday, August 24 2014. Entries received after this date may be used, but will not qualify to enter for the cash prize.
* The organisers have the right to use the content of the suggestions provided
* Only those whose entries qualify for the cash prize will be contacted.
Please read the background information below before commenting
TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS IN THE FCT (#ARABAPALAVA)
The Federal Capital Territory was created as the nation’s major response to the congestion in Lagos with a total of about 8000 sq km 97% of which is meant for the development of satellite towns.
With an official population of 1.4 million based on the 2006 population census, the daily influx of the people from neighboring towns and settlements due largely to the concentration of work and businesses in the city, the daily population in the city is put at 8 million.
Abuja today has become a big and sprawling city with population significantly exceeding projected foreceast. The bulk of this large human population residing mainly in the satellite towns commute daily with Abuja city thereby worsening transportation challenges in the city.
Though the city drew from the early experiences of Lagos now notorious for traffic congestion, with adequate provisions made in the master plan that will cater for the transportation need of the city, the lack of an integrated intermodal transport system for FCT has exposed the inefficiency of the present institutional mechanism for managing transport in the city. For example, the recommended for the introduction of Light Rail Transit, the Rapid Rail Transit and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) which is the true bus transit facility are yet to be implemented even as the threshold population and development levels proposed for their introduction have since been surpassed. All movements in the territory today are road- based for which the existing road infrastructure is unable to cope with. The resultant effect is the worsening traffic congestion being experienced in the city as well as the inability of the large population commuting from the satellite towns which harbours the greatest population to move within the FCT without losing productive man hours. Coming from these Satellite settlements in the morning and making return trips in the evenings have become harrowing daily experiences.
Generally, studies identified the current transportation challenges to include non-development of transit ways to major activity centres, emergence of illegal bus stations, poor parking facilities, absence of pedestrian walkways, widespread use of low-occupancy vehicles for public transport, city-wide traffic congestion, growth of squatter and shanty settlements, safety and administrative challenges.
From the foregoing, It can be said that the transport challenges in FCT today are multi-dimensional. Tackling them appropriately would therefore require the application of multi-dimensional solution. But what are these solutions and how would they be implemented especially in the short term to meet the current challenges? These are what you are expected to make recommendations on.
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