Nigerian infrastructure mergerA presidential expert group on developing infrastructure ranking and scorecard has been inaugurated to develop a robust study on solutions to infrastructure deficiency in Nigeria.

 

Highlights:

  • The scorecard is to help government prioritise infrastructural needs
  • The world class methodology put in place by the American Society of Civil Engineers will be adopted for the design
  • The Infrastructure ranking and scorecard report is expected to enhance competition among the several levels of governance in economic improvements
  • The World Bank ranks Nigeria 133 out of a total of 144 countries with a score of 2.7 from a scale of 1 to 7 in infrastructure development

Details

Inaugurating the group in Abuja, the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Mr Ademola Olorunfemi said the scorecard would analyse the state of built infrastructure in all sectors and help government prioritise infrastructural needs.

“The World Bank described infrastructure stock inadequacy as the vital missing link with respect to achieving Millennium Development Goals. Infrastructure stock which by definition is the basic framework for delivering energy, transport, water and sanitation, information and communication technology services to people- directly or indirectly is key to improving our national productivity. By improving productivity, investments in infrastructure reduce poverty,” he explained.

The proposed infrastructural ranking and scorecard report would adopt the world class methodology put in place by the American Society of Civil Engineers where a comprehensive assessment of major infrastructure is carried out every four years.

Enhanced competition

The Infrastructure ranking and scorecard report is expected to enhance competition among the several levels of governance in economic improvements and assist governments to improve policy, regulation, planning, provision, operation as well as maintenance of infrastructure.

While giving a breakdown of issues in the power sector and infrastructural challenges, the Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo said the scorecard would support the ongoing power sector reforms.

The President of South African Institution of Civil Engineering, Mr Malcolm Pautz in a presentation of the South African Infrastructure Scorecard stated that the project would help policy makers and government develop a strategy to enhance infrastructure development under specific time frame and target.

The global competitiveness report for 2014 to 2015 by the World Bank Forum ranked Nigeria 133 out of a total of 144 countries with a score of 2.7 from a scale of 1 to 7 in infrastructure development.

The presidential Expert Group consists of the NSE, Engineers from the public and private sector, Ministries of power, water, works and housing, and the South African Institution of Civil Engineering.

 

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