By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has disclosed that the process of developing a new Infrastructure Master Plan upto 2030 for Nigeria is on course.
The Minister made this known in his goodwill message at the plenary session of the National Infrastructure Summit themed: “Towards a Sustainable Infrastructure Development,Maintenance and Management in Nigeria”, organised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSA) on Thursday in Abuja and made available to The SUMMIT.
“The Buhari Government has now commenced the process of developing a new Infrastructure Master Plan up to 2030 and this has progressed significantly,” he said.
Fashola maintained that the growth and prosperity of any nation is dependent on its stick of infrastructure and the will to grow them, adding “Infrastructure Development, Maintenance and Management lie at the core of the Buhari Administration’s strategy for growing the Nigerian economy, creating jobs and prosperity, and lifting people out of poverty.”
According to the Minister, President Buhari’s commitment to infrastructure is a clear testimonial of his desire to rapidly grow Nigeria’s economy.
“The outline of that infrastructure development is made clear by the fact that the Ministry of Works and Housing is currently managing over 800 contracts for Roads and Bridges covering over 13,000 Kilometres of the 35,000 plus Kilometres of Federal Highways and Bridges.
“In every state of Nigeria today there is either a Road project, a Bridge project or a Housing project or all combined under construction,” he said, adding that by virtue of that, he believed that the Nigerian economy was heading for a boom.
Explaining further, Fashola said infrastructure Development is a critical driver for employment of professionals for design, surveys, and construction practitioners.
“It also galvanizes other sectors like mining for gravel, sand, laterite, crushed stones to mention a few, while it drives the demand and supply of lubricants like diesel, and oils, as well as bitumen production and supply,” he said.
He said aside the economic benefits of the design and construction, which he put at 30%, in terms of job creation, it is the maintenance and operation that provides 70% of the sustainable jobs long after construction has ended.
Thus he wants the present administration commended for approving the first ever FGN Facility Management and Maintenance policy in March of 2019.