Abuja – The Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, on Tuesday said that physical infrastructure such as roads, houses, power and rail were essential for the growth of the nation’s economy.
A statement signed by Mrs Aso Uchenna, the ministry’s Information Officer, stated that Onolememen said this at the 2014 Architects’ Colloquium organised by the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON).
It said that without adequate investment in infrastructure, the economy would be stagnated.
“Infrastructure deficit for the road sector alone is large and there is need to adequately support economic growth at current rates and meet vision 20:20:20.
“Government can only achieve this by investing on the construction of at least 14,000km of new roads annually for the next seven years.
“This is because infrastructure is key in realising the objectives of the present administration’s transformation agenda goals.’’
Onolememen said that the present administration had embarked on major reforms in the power sector, leading to the privatisation of power generation and distribution.
According to him, the Federal Government is also concentrating on building a transmission infrastructure for the power sector.
The minister stated that innovation in infrastructure delivery was another area that could be harnessed to ensure the delivery of basic services to the citizenry.
These innovations, he added, would be more accepted if they were inculcated in the design stage of buildings and public facilities in a cost effective way.
Onolememen called on participants to come up with ideas that would enable Nigerians benefit from the innovations which had the potential of creating employment for the teaming youths.
Earlier, the President of ARCON, Umaru Aliyu, stated that the professional body would do all it could to contribute its quota toward economic growth and national development.
The colloquium which is entitled; “Architecture and the National Development Agenda’’ will end on May 1.