This Article is on the new Nigerian Rail Transport system and what it means in the short and long terms, if the Rail passes through your City or not.
Railways is the most important form of transport system.
The benefits that will accrue to Cities having the Rail system passing through them:
Railways are an important source of employment in. Many skilled and unskilled workers will be employed in operating the railways.
2. Encouragement to Tourism:
The connectivity of Railways to various tourist spots will encourage tourism in the towns they pass through.
3. Helpful during Calamities:
During natural calamities railways help the stranded persons to reach their destinations and these are helpful during famines by carrying food grains from surplus to affected areas.
4. Social Importance:
Railways here tied the people in on string. They have shortened the distance and developed the outlook of people and will leave they towns they connect more intergrated.
5. Strategic Importance:
These are useful for internal security of country and also carry the defence material to various locations during external threat.
6. Help in Internal Trade:
By connecting various areas of the country railways will make internal trade of the cities they pass more convenient. They carry goods and passengers to various places easily. So we can expect Economic growth for those cities.
7. Development of Agriculture:
Railways have commercialised agriculture. Now farmers do not produce for self consumption only but also for sale in the market. They will increase the market for Farmers in the towns they connect.
8. Growth of Markets:
Railways have increased the size of markets. Bulky goods can easily be transported by Railways. Benefiting the host Cities Economies greatly
9. Mobility of Labour and Capital:
Railways will increase the movement of labour and capital. Contributing greatly to the rapid industrialisation of those cities.
Disadvantages of Railway:
It is not all gloom for the Cities that will be without the Railways as they will be saved of these inconviniences:
1. Railway Accidents: Catastrophic railway accidents in which lives and property are lost.
2. Attack on Railways:
3. Problem of Replacement:
Railway Engines, wagons and other equipment’s are quite old and these require replacement. It is a huge expenditure.