Expert Stresses Importance of Road Transport to Economic Growth
A good road infrastructure powers the national economy and the technical structures that support a society, a project management expert Engr. Funsho Elulade has stated.
Speaking at a recent Town and Gown seminar of the Department of Civil Engineering, Covenant University, where he was the Guest Speaker, Engr. Elulade, who made a presentation on the topic, ‘Road Infrastructure: Provision for an Efficient Public Transport’, described transport as the cornerstone of civilization and an essential part of human activity.
He explained that as society and economic organizations become more complex, the relevance of transport grows. “Road transportation plays a significant role in the economic development of any nation. A large proportion of its economic activities are largely dependent on an efficient network of roads,” he submitted.
Engr. Elulade, who is the immediate past Director, Roads and Traffic Management, of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), averred that no two locations will interact effectively without a viable means of movement from one point to another.
He posited that socio-economic development can be catalysed by the presence of infrastructure, while noting that if these facilities and services are absent, development will be very difficult and slow.
In his remarks, the Head, Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. David Olukanni, enjoined the students to place value on the opportunity to learn and interact with the guest speaker, who, he said, has had extensive practical experience in Civil Engineering and Construction.
Dr. Olukanni appreciated the university Management for providing the platform for industry interaction, stating that it has brought about a lot of improvement and balance between theory and practice.
There was an extensive interactive session after the presentation, which saw both the students and faculty asking questions and exchanging thoughts with the guest speaker.
Present at the event were members of faculty and staff of the Department of Civil Engineering as well as some members of the College of Engineering.