Fashola said this while rendering an account of the Federal Government’s infrastructure programmes under his ministry. at a Special Townhall Meeting organized by Business Hallmark Public Policy Forum, PPF, with key industry players present at the Shehu Yar’adua Center yesterday in Abuja.
Fashola spoke on “Nigeria’s Infrastructure Revolution: Road to a New Future” in his keynote address. He said growing the economy and delivering prosperity to the citizenry is through economic activities brought about by infrastructural advancement.
Fashola emphasized the need for rapid infrastructure development across the country to ensure national development.
To achieve this, Fashola stated that the Buhari administration had ensured the continued allocation of resources to enable it to deliver on its mandate when the country is earning less revenue from oil.
He said these foundations would be so strong that they will ensure that government can deal with adverse economic seasons in the near and long terms.
The Minister added that such drive would also help diversify Nigeria’s economy away from oil dependence and open new prosperity opportunities in tourism, agriculture, transport, logistics and manufacturing.
Fashola hinted that he would like to focus on the larger picture to renew Nigeria’s ageing infrastructure, most built over four decades ago.
He later mentioned that his ministry is carrying out several other ongoing rehabilitation projects in line with the mandate of Mr President.
To mention a few, he noted there’s the rehabilitation of internal roads of 43 Federal Tertiary Institutions; construction of six new federal secretariats in Anambra, Bayelsa, Ekiti, Nasarawa, Osun and the Zamfara States and building of housing estates in 34 states of the federation under the National Housing Programme, NHP, among other.