President Buhari and other top Government officials embarked on a trip to China to seek economic support, adequate financial means, infrastructural development, agricultural expansion, advancement in solid minerals and a more robust manufacturing sector. You might want to ask, “How did the trip affect travel and tourism?” or “What does the future hold for travel and tourism in Nigeria?” well, President Buhari and his entourage came back with good news that affects travel and tourism amidst other important outcomes of his working visit to China.
One of such news is the development of a $1 billion USD Greenfield expressway for Abuja-Ibadan-Lagos, under an agreement reached by the Infrastructure Bank and Sinohydro Corporation Limited. This is an amazing development especially for people that ply this route; it gives them a chance of having to choose between different alternatives to go from Lagos or Ibadan to Abuja, not leaving out the various inhabitants of towns and cities that this road will pass through. It’s a remarkable development, one that will adequately aid movement of people, and as such will affect the travel industry positively.
Lagos is a metropolitan city with more than twenty million people; it’s a place that always has an issue with transportation due to its high population density. The emergence of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and LAGBUS has done little to solve transportation problems in Lagos. This brings me to another very important development which is the $2.5 billion USD agreement for the development of the Lagos Red line Metro Rail Transit Red Line project. Although, constructions are still ongoing for the Lagos Blue Line Metro Rail Transit project, this recent development will solve the transportation problems Lagos has to deal with to a very large extent. Rail mode of transportation is a different and unique alternative to the land mode of transportation that is very popular in Lagos. It will reduce traffic congestion, high road transport fares, traffic related emissions and road accidents.
The last one is another agreement that was sealed between Infrastructure Bank and Sinohydro Corporation Limited which is a $250 million USD deal to build an ultra-modern 27-storey skyscraper. This is going to be an important tourist center, a skyscraper of worldwide acclaim and a pride to behold. At 27 floors, the building is going to be the third tallest building in Nigeria behind NECOM house and Union Bank building. Here is a list of the tallest skyscrapers in Nigeria.
I sincerely hope that these investments and projects are carried out judiciously, effectively and efficiently, such that the travel industry, the tourism sector and the transportation sector will get better and function properly and optimally.