Showing the way forward in the light of the recent National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) recommendations for getting Nigeria out of poverty, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, Thursday declared that such recommendations were already being addressed by the Muhammadu Buhari administration with its massive investment in infrastructure renewal and expansion.
Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, in Mfum, Cross River State, called for more neighbourliness and mutual understanding between African states in order to enhance trade, security through infrastructure development in the continent.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, has restated Federal Government’s commitment to bridging the road infrastructure gap in tertiary institutions across the country.
Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of WorksandHousing, has clarified the statement mischievously attributed to him in a section of the media as saying that Nigeria’s achievements in Infrastructure has surpassed that of the United States.
Others are Russky bridge Russia 1bn, Etihad rail UAE $11bn, Al Maktoum airport UAE $31bn, Beijing Daxing airport China $13bn, New Century Global center China, Atlanta Falcons stadium $1.2 bn, Shanghai tower $2.4bn, Bay Bridge Eastern Span San Francisco $6.4bn, State Route floating bridge Seattle $2bn, Sky tree Japan $806m, Silverline Washington $6.8bn, and One world Trade Center New York $3.8bn.
Infrastructure is what makes nations great. Dubai was founded some thirty years ago. Today it is the most visited city on earth, upstaging London, because of its infrastructural development.
For most Nigerians, 1st October every year is a day to celebrate our independence from colonial rule. But fifty-nine years down the line, nothing has really changed. Some Nigerians say we are worse off now than we used to be under colonial rule. Where that is not true, they can not be blamed because the state and its polity have refused to improve. The white man may not be directly calling the shots, but we are surely still living under the heels of a privileged few.