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The Role of Transportation Infrastructure in Promoting Economic Development in Lafia (Published)

This study explores the relationship between transportation infrastructure and economic development in Lafia, Nigeria, emphasizing the importance of addressing the existing infrastructure challenges to promote sustainable growth. The research combines quantitative and qualitative methods to comprehensively assess the current state of transportation infrastructure and its impact on the city’s economy. Findings reveal a relatively young population with significant unemployment and limited educational attainment. While the road network is perceived as “Fair,” there is room for maintenance and expansion. Public transportation availability is universal, but a reliance on motorbikes and tricycles underscores the need for diversified options and improved services. Despite overall satisfaction with public transportation, there is a call for enhancements. Respondents strongly believe that transportation infrastructure positively influences economic activities, leading to socio-economic benefits such as job creation and better access to education and healthcare. Recommendations include infrastructure improvements, policy suggestions for public-private partnerships, community engagement, sustainability initiatives, and a focus on gender-sensitive policies. By implementing these recommendations, Lafia can work towards inclusive economic development, improved infrastructure, and enhanced quality of life for its residents.

Keywords: Economic Development, Lafia, Nigeria, public private partnerships, sustainable growth, transportation infrastructure

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