NEC Begins Approval Process For 30-Year Infastructure Framework

namadi_samboThe National Economic Council (NEC) in Nigeria has begun consideration of a proposed 30-year National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIMP) and directed State Governors to make their input before the final document will be satisfied by the Council.

The NEC Meeting was held on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa and was chaired by Vice-President Namadi Sambo.

At the end of the meeting, the Vice President told reporters that the  National Infrastructural Master Plan( NIMP) (2014 to 2043) was a blueprint for accelerated infrastructure development in Nigeria in the next 30 years based on the need to raise infrastructure stock as a percentage of the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) from current 35 per cent to a minimum of 70 per cent.

The NIMP predominantly identifies the rehabilitation of major cross National transport links (road and rail), improvement of cross modal connectivity links
upgrading of major airports, Improvement of urban transportation, continuation of privatisation and upgrading of power assets and implementation of key gas pipeline infrastructure projects as quick-win projects to be incorporated in annual budgets.

Other aspects that the NIMP will focus on are; the development of staple crop processing zone, expansion of broadband connectivity, the development of Public Health Facilities and Diagnostic Centres, development of priority minerals, including Iron Ore and Coal, upgrading of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education Facilities, rehabilitation of Security Facilities And Infrastructure and development of mortgage markets in Nigeria.

The National Planning Minister, Bashir Yuguda, pointed out that in putting the frame work together, the ministry considered states and individual Gross Domestic Products (GDP), population, landmass and resources amongst others.

The NEC commended him for a comprehensive report but directed the National Planning Commission and States Planning, fFnance Ministries to review the document in line with comments and observations from the Governors as well as reflect the actual required funding in view of the value of Nigeria’s rebased GDP.

Other dignitaries at the meeting were Governors Gabriel Suswan of Benue State and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State.

Security tops Jonathan’s meeting with northern governors

President Goodluck Jonathan and governors of the north met last night on security issues. The meeting also had in attendance Vice President Namadi Sambo and some senior aides to the president.

17 governors in the north were present. They include governors Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Idris Wada (Kogi), Seidu Dakingari (Kebbi), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarrawa), Patrick Yakowa (Kaduna), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi) and Gabriel Suswam (Benue).

Represented by their deputies were:  Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Muritala Nyako (Adamawa), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe) and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina).

The governors of Taraba and Sokoto states were absent.

The governor of Niger state who spoke to State House correspondents said the agenda was on security, and how to tackle flooding issues in the north.

He said the flooding had drastically affected food production in the North and the meeting deliberated on how to mitigate the disaster.

Aliyu said the meeting also discussed generally on issues of wealth creation, employment generation and measures to  reduce the poverty ratio in the region.

“Generally we discussed a gamut of issues and problems that need to be solved by the Federal, the States, the Local governments and relevant NGOs.

“Poverty and lack of job should not be the foundation for other problems,’’ he said.