When eagles gathered to receive Prof Oyesiku’s ‘Transportation and Logistics in Nigeria’

August 4, 2021
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IT was a cynosure of all eyes as dignitaries from across Nigeria gathered on July 25, for the public presentation of Professor Kayode Oyesiku’s much-anticipated book, ‘Transportation and Logistics in Nigeria.’

The presentation did not just provide a platform for a review of the book and its significance but provided an avenue for a discourse on issues of national and international importance.

In a special address at the event, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who also wrote the Foreword to the 1002-page book, described the masterpiece as apt and coming at the right time.

Amaechi said it would be very useful to the government as “it will complement government’s efforts and commitment to developing and implementing a new National Transport Policy that will transform the transportation landscape and place Nigeria in her rightful place among the comity of nations.”

He went further to say that the book, published by Heinemann Publishers, would be useful in drawing up future transportation development plans, identifying the gaps in development efforts on transportation and setting the strategic direction towards giving Nigeria a competitive edge among countries in the West Africa Sub-region and Africa as a whole.

“I am optimistic that policymakers and experts in the transportation sector will find this well-researched book useful for better decision making towards ensuring the holistic revival of the transportation sector to the benefits of Nigerians.”

For Professor Oyesiku, the inspiration to write the book came from his desire to put up a “one-stop book of knowledge which is multi-disciplinary in nature and based on almost every sphere of movement, be it economic, geographic planning and information system and particularly highlights that transport and logistics profession is not an all commerce affairs.”

As an academic, he would be fulfilled to see the book stimulate ideas for research, complementary activity for impacting and creating knowledge.

Furthermore, he had “considered the need to reach a larger audience with a book localised in Nigeria environment, but which has content on every topic in Transport and Logistics from a global perspective. Thus, I am inspired by the dearth inadequacy of literature and compendium of sort, in various aspects of Transport and Logistics in Nigeria which is up to date and an important basis of identifying areas of Transport and development.

Professor Soji Adesanya, who was the book reviewer, explained that the book effectively provided not only a body of knowledge about what it takes to move goods, services and people across a geographic space but also an understanding of the inter and multidisciplinary nature of transport and logistics.

The approach, he said, aimed at “bringing to the fore the importance of transport studies either in its economic, geographic, historical, planning, engineering, management, sociological, educational or geographic information systems and design forms and establishing the discipline as a professional career path central to the development of the nation rather than all “comers affairs”. The book’s approach is multidisciplinary; particularly from transport planning and management, and geographic perspectives to include major contemporary directions of transport development in the country.”

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