Basil Sokuroabo Pollyn –
Nwakaego Chukuigwe, PhD.
Department of Management, Ignatius Ajuru (Rivers State) University of Education – St. John’s Campus, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
In recent times, successive governments in Rivers State, Nigeria has made attempts at increasing and enhancing the mobility of human and vehicular traffic within and around the metropolitan and one-city capital of the state. Transport and mobility projects such as the construction of the first ultra modern monorail project in Nigeria, the setting up of the Rivers State Traffic Management Authority (TIMA –RIV) and the construction of more access roads in the urban suburbs have been vigorously pursued. This paper highlights the strength of these policies/strategies of the state government and their benefit to the people of the state now and in the nearest future. The paper also discusses these policy thrust in relation to the public-private initiative (PPI) in the construction of the first monorail project in Nigeria and the development of the Greater Port Harcourt City to reduce traffic congestion and increase intra city mobility. The paper holds that the achievement of an enhanced urban mobility of the city of Port Harcourt is not only based on the achievement of these policies but also on the institutional frameworks for the observance of traffic regulations and urban development policies by the citizenry. It concludes that the state government should as matters of necessity continue to develop adequate transport infrastructure that will link transport and town planning practices together