Infrastructure Development: FG Targets Funds From USIDFC

President Buhari with U.S Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin and Nigeria’s Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, in Riyadh during the Future Investment Initiative (FII) forum on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

 

The Federal Government is ready to explore more ways of funding the upgrade of critical infrastructure in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari in connection with this expressed the willingness of the FG to mobilise additional capital from development finance institutions for the upgrade.

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A statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, explained that Buhari made this commitment during his meeting with U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, on Thursday.

Buhari held a meeting with Mnuchin, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on the margins of the Future Investment Initiative Forum, to discuss investments in Nigeria under the new U.S. financing initiative.

The President and Mnuchin also discussed areas of strengthening Nigeria’s ongoing collaboration with the United States on stopping terrorist financing.

According to the statement, President Buhari vowed that Nigeria will leverage on the U.S facility (USIDFC) to address current challenges confronting the power sector as well as the general upgrade of infrastructure.

United States International Development Finance Corporation (USIDFC), provides $60 billion for investments in developing nations.

The Nigerian leader also requested the continued support of the U.S. to Nigeria, especially in accessing the $60 billion infrastructure fund under the USIDFC.

Gas Deal: FG To Appeal British Court Orders Over Seizure Of $9bn

 

The Federal Government has said that it would appeal Friday’s ruling of a British ordering that about Nine billion dollars ($9bn) worth of its assets be seized by the Process and Industrial Development Limited following a breach in contract.

According to the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, the government has instructed its lawyers to appeal against of the court which sat in London.

The ruling on Friday is the latest development in the case which started in 2010, regarding an agreement to build a gas processing plant in Calabar, Cross River State.

The project collapsed between Nigeria and the Irish firm after the former is said to have failed to meet its end of the bargain.

In his statement on Friday, Mr Apata noted that as regards the recent Judgment of the English Court, the Federal Government’s Counsel have been instructed to pursue an appeal, as well as seek for a Stay of Execution of the said judgment.

He added that the Federal Government of Nigeria is making vigorous efforts to defend its interest in this matter and would not relent in exploring every viable option in doing so.

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Below is a full statement by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Dayo Apata.

PRESS STATEMENT

PROCESS & INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT LIMITED V. FGN

  1. Please recall the dispute that led to Arbitration between Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and Process and Industrial Development Ltd which arose from a 20 year Gas Supply and Processing Agreement (GSPA) entered in 2010 between FGN (through the Ministry of Petroleum Resources) and P & ID in respect of an accelerated gas development project in Nigeria’s OMLs 67 and 123. P&ID never began the construction of the project facility although it alleges it incurred about $40 Million in preliminary expenses.

 

  1. P & ID’s claim in the arbitration proceedings was mainly for loss of profit for the entire twenty-year term of the GSPA, initially claiming the sum of US$1.9 Billion and later increasing its claim to US$5.9 Billion.

 

  1. The Arbitral Tribunal on 31st January 2017 rendered its Final Award against the Ministry of Petroleum Resources in the sum of US$6.597 Billion together with pre-award interest at the rate of 7% per annum effective from 20th March 2013 and post award interest at the same rate till date of payment.

 

  1. In granting the huge arbitration award against Nigeria the tribunal decided the following:

 

  1. that the project would operate at 93% uptime during the twenty year of the GSPA despite the well-known risks of operating such a project in the Niger-Delta.

 

  1. that the average price of Natural Gas Liquids (the main revenue earner for P&ID assuming the GSPA had been implemented), should be based on an average oil price in excess of $100 per barrel over the twenty-year life of the project;

 

  • to apply a discount rate to P&ID’s supposed lost profits of 2.65 %, the same interest rate paid on United States treasury notes thereby adjudging P&ID, a start-up company that never commenced any physical work on the project but planned to operate in the midst of the Niger-Delta crisis, using a novel and unproven technology, a virtually “risk free” investment.

 

  1. Upon the Award, P & ID commenced recognition and enforcement proceedings of the arbitration award against FGN in March 2018 in both the United Kingdom (“UK”) and the United States of America (the “United States”).

 

  1. The FGN is duly represented in the proceedings in the United States by the Law Firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP which also represented it in the UK proceedings of which judgement was given on 16th August, 2019 in favour of the P&ID to commence enforcement proceeding against the FGN assets in the UK.

 

  1. Recall further that this matter was inherited from the previous Administration by the present one. Upon inheriting this matter, this Government engaged the renowned US Law Firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP to defend the interest of the FGN. The Law Firm has taken step to defend the proceedings in the United Stated by urging the District Court to dismiss the P&ID application for enforcement of the award on the ground that Nigeria as a sovereign state has an absolute right to obtain an authoritative determination of its sovereign immunity. The FGN therefore demanded that the jurisdictional issue must be conclusively resolved before Nigeria may be required to litigate the merits of P&ID’s petition.

 

  1. P&ID has variously challenged Nigeria’s position urging the District Court to direct Nigeria to file both its jurisdiction and merit defenses as a consolidated defense so that the proceedings may be disposed of by the District Court summarily.

 

  1. The FGN has however pursued the validity of its jurisdictional defense as a preliminary matter which must be conclusively resolved prior to any consideration of the merit argument up to the Court of Appeal.

 

  1. In a ruling on 9th October 2018, the District Court granted a stay of proceedings pending a determination of the appeal.

 

  1. P&ID has also subsequently filed motions to have Nigeria’s appeal certified as frivolous and to have proceedings in the District Court continue pending determination of the appeal at the Court of Appeal.

 

  1. On 1st November 2018, the US District Court issued a decision in favour of FGN denying P & ID’s further attempt to certify Nigeria’s appeal as frivolous and denied P&ID’s attempt to lift the stay of proceedings.

 

  1. On 15 February 2019, the Court of Appeal issued a decision in favour of FGN by dismissing P&ID’s motion requesting the court to dismiss Nigeria’s appeal for lack of jurisdiction or to summarily affirm the scheduling order of the District Court.

 

  1. The proceedings therefore are currently on-going in the United States and the FGN will ensure that its interest and that of the people of Nigeria are vigorously defended.

 

  1. As regards the recent Judgment of the English Court of 16 August 2019, the Federal Government’s Counsel have been instructed to pursue an appeal on the judgment of the English Court dated 16 August, 2019 and at the same time seek for a Stay of Execution of the said judgment.

 

  1. In view of the above, please be informed that the Federal Government of Nigeria is making vigorous efforts to defend its interest in this matter and would not relent in exploring every viable option in doing so.

Dayo Apata, Esq.

Solicitor General of the Federation and

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja.

El-Zakzaky Is On His Way Back To Nigeria – IMN Spokesman

 

Leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is on his way back to Nigeria, the spokesperson of the group, Ibrahim Musa, has said.

According to him, the decision is due to a lack of a breakthrough in the impasse that ensued with regard to the treatment of the Shiite Leader in India.

Mr. Musa said, “Following lack of a breakthrough in the impasse that ensued in the treatment of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky in New Delhi, it is now confirmed that the Sheikh is on his way back to Abuja, Nigeria. He is scheduled to leave 17hrs Nigerian time.

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“In a video message sent by the Sheikh himself, he said that they were given two alternatives; either to commence the treatment on their own terms i.e the government terms or they will be sent back. And that it has been announced to them that they will be sent back and he is praying to Allah that may it be the best option for him and for everybody.

“It is clear to us that the Nigerian government interference and the scuttling of the whole process rather than supervision as ordered by the court are the direct cause of the impasse.

“The government as we know never wanted the medical leave in the first place and as we have seen it did whatever it can to stop it (medical leave) by all means possible and unfortunately it has stopped it.”


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Mr. Musa said that it was unfortunate that what the government did on this issue has already been declared in the court that proceedings cannot go on with a patient so the top priority of any accused person is to regain his health.

The IMN spokesman added that to regain failing health was the plan of the Sheikh, stressing that the IMN Leader’s efforts have been scuttled.

He said that members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria await the Sheikhs arrival and will start planning on the next move.

‘Controversy In India’

The Shiite leader and his wife, Zeenat, who has been in detention since 2015, had both left the country for India on August 12, seven days after the Kaduna State High Court granted them permission to travel to India for medical treatment.

On Wednesday, just one day after their arrival at the hospital, the trip turned controversial with El-Zakzaky and the IMN accusing the Nigerian government of denying him access to the doctor with whom they had an arrangement.

The Federal Government, in turn, accused the Shiite leader of becoming unruly at the hospital.

Although the IMN Spokesperson and a hospital representative had both said in separate statements later in the evening that the issues had been resolved and that treatment was expected to proceed, the situation has degenerated with the proscribed group accusing the government of interfering with the process.


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FG Condemns Killing Of Nigerian Pastor In China, Demands Investigation

 

Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has demanded for thorough investigation into the death of a Nigerian Pastor in China, Joseph Ogenna Nwajueze from the Chinese authorities.

In a statement issued in Abuja by the NIDCOM Head of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, stated that the death of the Nigerian Pastor based in China was condemnable.

She said the killing of the Anambra -born pastor, who was living with his wife, Chinwe and four children in China, by the chinese security operatives must be thoroughly investigated and the culprit punished.

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Dabiri-Erewa said that reports had it that the late Pastor was doing his legitimate business in China and such, there was no reason for his unjustifiable killing.

She equally condemned the stigmatization of Nigerians living in China, saying those who were found guilty of the country’s law should be prosecuted.

While condoling the family of the diseased Pastor, she reiterated her resolve to ensure justice is done by fishing out those who were responsible for his death.

It was learnt that Pastor Joseph Nwajueze was chased to his death by Chinese security operatives over alleged immigration formalities.

Sources said the Chinese security personnel, in an attempt to capturing the fleeing Nigerian pastor, used a security gadget that illuminates light on him, in order to demobilse him.

It was gathered that the security gadget made the pastor numb, leading to his fall, which eventually led to his death.

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa however appealed to angry Nigerians in China to be patient and not take the law into their hands as the Federal government will ensure that justice is done.

Insecurity: FG Begins Consultations With Traditional Rulers

File: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

The Federal Government has started consultations with a number of leading traditional rulers in a bid to improve security in local communities while rearranging the security architecture nationwide.

This was disclosed by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who held separate meetings with the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, and the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Professor Osinbajo stated that the FG will collaborate with states to maintain law and order across the country.

“As you know, there are many significant concerns all over the country; and of course there are concerns also in the South West.

“So, I’m here on the instruction of Mr President to consult with the Kayibesi, Governor Dapo Abiodun and other stakeholders on what to do to beef up security, and to generally improve the security architecture.

“One of the things that Mr President has spoken about is the role of traditional rulers in maintaining peace and security in their own locality. As you know, they are the closest to the grassroots, to their communities.”

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After meeting the Awujale, the VP said, “of course, you know that the Kabiyesi is not just the traditional ruler, but also a very important part of the government. That’s why we are here to speak with him and to agree on a few modalities for beefing up security, ensuring that we are fully conscious of all that is going on around us, and just to be sure that peace and security reigns here and across the country.

“There are some who might want to cause instability and difficulties, but we are very confident that God helping us, working together as a nation, we will be able to overcome all our problems and set our country on the path of peace and prosperity,” he noted.

He noted that the state governor, Dapo Abiodun was committed “to ensure that there is peace and security, and that everyone who lives in all our neighbourhoods, localities and communities live in peace with each other and that we maintain a high level of security.”

Court Orders Permanent Forfeiture Of $8.4m, N9.2bn Linked To Patience Jonathan

EFCC Seeks Final Forfeiture Of $8.4m, N7.4bn Linked To Patience Jonathan
A file photo of Mrs Patience Jonathan

 

A Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has ordered the permanent forfeiture to the Federal Government, the sum of $8.4million and another N9.2billion linked to the wife of the former President, Dame Patience Jonathan.

Justice Mojisola Olaterogun held that she failed to show reasonable cause why the funds should not be permanently forfeited.

The court found that the funds as claimed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006.

On April 20, 2018, the EFCC had secured an interim order for forfeiture of the sums following a motion exparte it filed before the court.

It joined as respondents: Patience Jonathan, Globus Integrated Services Ltd, Finchley Top Homes Limited, Am-Pm Global Network Limited, Pagmat Oil and Gas Limited and Magel Resort Limited and Esther Oba.

On October 29, 2018, the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, moved his motion for final forfeiture of the sums, urging that same be finally forfeited to the Federal Government.

Meanwhile, defence counsel, Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), Mike Ozekhome (SAN), and Ige Asemudara, had respectively moved their processes in opposition to the motion for final forfeiture.

On January 15, 2019, the court admitted electronic evidence presented by the defence team which depicted video exhibits showing various business outfits of Finchley Top Homes Ltd. and Magel Resort Limited.

The court had then adjourned for judgment.

In a judgment delivered on February 28, the court held that it found the affidavit evidence conflicting, and same could only be resolved by oral evidence of parties.

The court had then ordered parties to call their witnesses.

At the last adjourned date, an EFCC witness, Orji Chukwuma, had concluded evidence before the court, while the court had adjourned till today for continuation of evidence.

 

Almajiri Ban: We Have To Fix Unemployment, Says APC Ex-Lawmaker

Abdullahi Abdulkadir

 

A member of All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Abdulkadir, has reacted to the planned abolition of the Almajiri system of education, calling on the Federal Government to address the unemployment problem.

Appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, the former lawmaker said that if the unemployment issue is addressed, the security challenges facing the nation can be reduced.

He also wants education to be a priority for the current administration in order to ensure that the citizens are effectively enlightened.

“Certainly, in any country where education is not gotten right, we are bound to be faced with problems one of which could be insecurity and general social instability.

“And the more we have educated people, the better for us not only in stabilising the security of a country but also in making progress in the lives of the people.

“Education is one of the problems, we have to get it right. We also have to fix the problem of unemployment. Unemployment, proving jobs is not only for the educated people,” he said.

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Abdulkadir who is also a former Deputy Majority Leader of the Bauchi State House of Assembly also called for the expansion informal sector of the economy

Specifically, he wants the government to strengthen the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, that will engage many of the nation’s youths.

Similarly, a former Minority Whip in the House of Representatives, Umar Barde, decried the non-execution of budgetary allocation on the part of the executive.

While noting that the National Assembly has played its role of passing the nation’s budget, he believes the slow implementation has led to some economic problems among which is the Almajiri.

“If you look at the insecurity, what the National Assembly has been able to do all this while, we have been trying to provide money in defence, in terms of budgetary allocation.

“Most times, if you go to the Ministries, they will tell you money has not been released. When it comes to execution (of the budget), there is a problem. I have never seen a problem when the National Assembly refuses to allocate money for strategic needs.”

He, however, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig his subordinates for effective delivery to the benefit of Nigerians.

Both comments come a few days after the National Economic Council disclosed that some groups like the Almajiri groups would be proscribed by the Federal Government.

$55m Debt Recovery: FG Files Appeal Notice Over Dismissed Case Against Agip, Brasoil

 

 

The Federal Government has filed a Notice of Appeal, challenging the decision of a Federal High Court in Lagos which dismissed the debt recovery suit it filed against Nigeria Agip Oil and Brasoil Services Company Nigeria Ltd over undeclared oil shipment.

In the Notice of Appeal filed at the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal, the FG challenged the entire decision of the Court on several grounds.

The FG submitted that the lower court erred in law when it held that the plaintiff’s case failed for lack of proof on a preponderance of the evidence.

The government also contended that the court failed to consider relevant facts put before it, and also erred in law when it held that the defendant had performed the entire relevant obligation in relation to a declaration of crude oil revenue to be remitted to the FG.

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The plaintiff further claimed that in line with the established principle of law, there must be a crucial appraisal and evaluation of all pieces of evidence brought before the court.

The FG therefore, asked that an order of the appellate court should set aside the decision of the lower court which dismissed its suit.

No date has been fixed for hearing of the Appeal.

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday had dismissed a $55million debt recovery suit filed by the Federal Government of Nigeria against Agip Oil Company Limited.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun in her judgment held that the Federal Government failed to furnish the court with sufficient evidence in proof of the case.

Court Dismisses FG’s $55m Debt Recovery Suit Against Agip Oil

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday dismissed a $55million debt recovery suit filed by the Federal Government of Nigeria against Agip Oil Company Limited.

In her judgment, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun held that the Federal Government failed to furnish the court with sufficient evidence in proof of the case.

The suit which was filed since 2016 is one among several other suits by the FG, seeking to recover almost $12 billion in missing crude oil revenue from some international oil companies.

Specifically, the FG accused Agip of under-declaring the volume of crude oil it shipped out of the country between January 2011 and December 2014.

The government claims that Agip short-changed it to the tune of $55million.

The government also asked the court to compel the oil firm to pay the said sum, with an annual interest rate of 21 percent.

During trial, the FG called one prosecution witness and tendered three exhibits before the court, while the defendant, Agip Oil also called one witness and tendered 12 exhibits.

In Nov 2018, parties closed their cases and final addresses were adopted on February 21, 2019, after which the court reserved judgment until today.

Delivering judgment today, Justice Olatoregun said the issue for determination was whether the Federal Government succeeded in proving its case to entitle it to a grant of the reliefs sought.

In answer, the court held that it is trite and settled law, that he who asserts must prove, adding that although allegations were made, the FG failed to establish same on a preponderance of evidence.

“The burden of proof starts with the plaintiff and keeps shifting until all the required evidence is placed before the court.

“While I do not have any evidence to suggest that it is impossible for the defendant to carry undeclared crude oil from Nigeria, i have no evidence to show that MT Cosmos (nominated to ship the crude oil) carried excess 500,000 barrels of crude oil with same bill of lading,” she held

“The plaintiff failed to make out a case that 500,000 barrels of crude oil was offloaded in Pennsylvania; the case of the plaintiff fails on the lack of proof on the preponderance of evidence.

“At this stage, I do not find it neccessary to proceed with the evaluation of the other reliefs.

“I, therefore, proceed to make an order dismissing this suit; it is hereby dismissed,” the court held.

The court also dismissed a similar suit filed by the FG against Brasoil, seeking to recover the sum of $4.8million in missing oil revenue.

Similar suits by the FG are also pending against Chevron Nigeria Limited, Chevron Petroleum Nigeria Limited, Shell Western Supply and Trading Limited among others

The Federal Government had also sued Total E&P Nigeria Plc, alleging that the oil company under-declared the volume of crude oil it shipped out of the country between January 2011 and December 2014.

The Federal Government accused the oil company of short-changing it to the tune of $245 million, by allegedly shipping several barrels of crude oil out of Nigeria, without making due remittance.

FG Suspends Mining Activities In Zamfara

 

The Federal Government has ordered the suspension of all mining activities in Zamfara state with immediate effect.

The directive was made known on Sunday by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu at a press conference in Abuja.

The IGP revealed that all foreigners on mining sites have been asked to vacate their locations or risk their losing licenses.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria has decided as follows; Mining activities in Zamfara and its environment are hereby suspended with immediate effect. Consequently, any mining operator who engages in mining activities in the affected locations henceforth will have his or her license revoked.”

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The IGP said ‘Operation Puff-Adder’ is to enforce the directive.

The directive followed the launch of Operation Puff-Adder to tackle kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities along the Kaduna-Abuja highway and adjoining communities extending to Kogi, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara states.

“The operation is aimed at reclaiming every public space under the control of the bandits. Arrest and bring to book, all perpetrators of the violence in the area and their collaborators and to achieve a total destruction of all criminal camps and hide-out.”

He called for collaborations with the general public, traditional and religious leaders, as the security forces embark on flushing out armed banditry in the region.

“I want to assure the general public, especially in the affected areas, that the security services are doing their best to address the security situation.

“May I appeal for the cooperation of the local communities, especially the traditional and religious leaders within the community to cooperate with the security agencies”

 

Falana Asks FG To Probe Military’s Involvement In 2019 Elections

Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana

 

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has asked the Federal Government to probe and sanction the involvement of military personnel in Rivers and other states during the 2019 general elections.

Falana in a statement issued on Tuesday indicated that the Nigerian Army was not deployed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) or President Muhammadu Buhari, to provide security in any of the collation centres in Rivers, tagging their role as ‘Illegal’.

“From the information at our disposal the Nigerian Army was not deployed by the INEC to provide security in any of the collation centres in Rivers State during the Governorship election on March 9, 2019. Neither were they deployed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

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“Therefore, the Federal Government is called upon to investigate the illegal deployment of the armed personnel in Rivers State and other states during the 2019 general elections with a view to sanctioning the military personnel and their civilian collaborators who engaged in the intimidation and brutal killing of voters who trooped out to exercise their franchise on March 9, 2019.”

He, however, called on president Buhari to act fast and put an end to militarisation of the electoral process, making reference to court rulings in previous elections in the country.

“However, it is pertinent to point out that as a result the several cases filed by the chieftains of the former ACN and CPC as well as APC from 2003 – 2015 our courts declared the deployment of the armed forces in the conduct of elections in Nigeria illegal and unconstitutional.

“Having fought the PDP-led government for turning elections in Nigeria into a “do or die” affair President Buhari owes the country and posterity a duty to put an end to the militarisation of the electoral process.”

Infrastructure: Era Of FG’s Absence In States Is Over, Says Fashola

 

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, says the era in which the presence of the Federal Government is lacking in states is over.

Fashola stated this on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s Business Morning, while explaining that various constructions are ongoing in all states across the country.

“I can tell you that road construction is going on in all the 36 states of the country. At least, there is one road connecting in one state or the other.

“In some states, there are three, in some states, there are five, in some states, there are eight. What you used to hear before that there is no federal presence in our states, you haven’t heard that lately because if we are not building a road in a state, we are building a house or intervening in a transmission system,” he said.

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According to the minister, infrastructure is a crucial investment which successive governments have undertaken since the civil war that ended in 1970.

He, however, reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government in the delivery of infrastructure that will boost the economy and in turn, the wellbeing of Nigerians.

“With the rail coming, with the airports being completed, with the roads coming, you will see as we go down the line competitiveness in pricing and efficiency, manufacturing will pick up, jobs will come. If companies can move goods four times quicker than they used to, they will expand,” he said.