By Michael Igiri
Campaigns to raise awareness and change attitudes on the problem of Driving under the
Influence (DUI), and other road menaces, must be propelled to globally acceptable
standards through prolific technology-driven researches in Nigeria.
The advice was given by Vice President for Research, and Dean of Post-Graduate College,
Kennesaw State University, Prof. Charles Amlaner at Day-2 session of a workshop on “Road
Safety and Sustainable Transport Systems in Nigeria”, held on Wednesday 22 nd February,
2017 at Julius Berger building, University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Prof. Amlaner highlighted some specific research-based tools for development of transport
technology globally including GIS-Interpreted Data System, Data Systems Manual, and
Traffic Operational Manual amongst others.
“Our mobile phones are powerful devices that can help collect real-time data. In order to
address road safety and sustainable transport systems in Nigeria, individuals as well as
agencies of government such as the FRSC, VIO, LASTMA and the Ministry of Transport must
imbibe the growing culture of monitoring and compliance through their mobile phones and
other technology paraphernalia.
“It is not an accident that Kennesaw State University, is collaborating with the University of
Lagos, on providing solutions to improve the transport system in Nigeria; what I must add
however is that this was conceived knowing that Nigeria would serve as a huge example for
many other African countries, since she enjoys the status of being the most populous black
nation in the world, and can boast of having some of the finest research centres in Africa,”
Other facilitators at the workshop spoke on various areas such as Traffic Road Systems and
Equipment; Autonomous Vehicle Concept; Reports on Drink-Driving prevalence in 6 geo-
political zones in Nigeria; Improved curriculum in driving schools and tests that address
drink-driving laws amongst others.
One facilitator argued that there is a need for an in-depth analysis of issues within the
transport industry in Nigeria, and urged that policy makers- drawing from international
examples- must rely on theories as well as qualitative and investigative approaches to
solving transport problems in Nigeria.
She added: “Unfortunately, most policies in Nigeria are made without a proper analysis of
issues. Such is the case with the law against hawking promulgated by the Lagos State
government last year; today however, you all will agree with me that the policy has been
unsuccessful due to the proliferation of street hawkers on Lagos roads.”