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Minister harps on role of infrastructure in economic development

The Minister of National Planning, Dr Abubakar Suleiman, said on Thursday that the economic future of the country depended largely on the effective implementation of the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIIMP).

Suleiman said this in Abuja at the Inauguration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on the Presidential inauguration of the NIIMP.

“For us as a nation, we are faced with an ugly state of our infrastructure which must be changed if our economy is to really pick up.

“Without doubt, the economic future of this country largely depends on the effective implementation and execution of the NIIMP.

“This clearly underscores the significance of the committee’s assignment,’’ the minister said.

According to him, the NIIMP is Federal Government’s policy document for infrastructure development over a period of 30 years beginning from 2014 to 2043.

Suleiman said the master plan was aimed at bridging the infrastructure gap in the various sectors of the economy such as energy, transportation, agriculture, information communication technology.

He recalled that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) adopted the framework for the development of the NIIMP in 2012 and approved it to become a Federal Government blueprint in September 2014.

Suleiman urged members of the committee to make vital contributions towards successful launch of the document.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr Bassey Akpayung, assured that the committee would do its best to ensure the successful inauguration of the project by President Goodluck Jonathan.


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