Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF)

TRL provided access to rapid and flexible consulting expertise to help Nigeria improve its infrastructure through policy and strategy formulation, planning, project implementation and private sector investment

Published on 24 April 2019

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2012 - 2016 Department for International Development (DFID)

The challenge

Nigeria relies heavily on road transport with over 90% of surface transport of goods by road. With little strategic direction, poorly defined plans, and unstable and unsustainable budgets, the level of service for the road network is inadequate with downstream impacts on economic and social welfare. Improved infrastructure is a key element of poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Our approach

NIAF’s approach incorporated the following main strands:
  • Engage Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) clients at the federal, state and rural level in carrying out projects in the roads sector;
  • Review and assessment of the reforms set out in the draft Road Reform Bill;
  • Integration and consolidation of the entire road network data set in one central database or in several databases that share information;
  • Promote better planning and management of the over 1,500 bridges on the Federal road network;
  • Support the implementation of improved, straightforward approaches to maintenance of LGA roads.

The results

TRL produced two policy papers for NIAF, on options for Road Tolling in Nigeria and on options for raising funds for road maintenance TRL carried out a scoping study for the climate change sector of NIAF, which assessed the support needs for improving the climate resilience of Nigerian roads. NIAF then progressed in its next phase to include under the roads sector the development of a Road Asset Management System (RAMS), the implementation of network surveys using state of the art road network survey equipment, training in maintenance of district roads using labour-based techniques and a Quality Assurance (QA) system for the road construction industry.

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