$3 Trillion Needed To Bridge Nigeria’s Infrastructure Gap- Osinbajo

Joseph Bakare

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has disclosed that about three trillion dollars is needed to bridge the infrastructural deficit in Nigeria over the next 30 years.

He said that adopting new models of investments for infrastructural development in the country was imperative; as reliance on public expenditure alone was no longer sufficient to meet the needs.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Thursday, December 3, in Abuja, quoted the vice president as saying these; while featuring at a webinar organised by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

The forum was to discuss measures to deepen Nigerian infrastructure stock through Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

Osinbajo said that in spite of government interventions over the years; Nigeria still faces a huge infrastructural deficit which is constraining rapid economic growth.

The vice president made reference to statistics provided in the Nigerian Integrated Infrastructure Masterplan (NIIMP) and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

“The Federal Government recognises this fact which is why we are considering other approaches to complement and boost financing for the development and maintenance of infrastructure in Nigeria.

“It is clear that this deficit can only be made up by private investment.

“Private sector is 92 per cent of GDP while the public sector is mere eight percent; so, the synergy between the public and private sector through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) is really the realistic solution,” the statement quoted him as saying.

Osinbajo said that the Federal Government would have to spend the entire revised 2020 appropriation of N10.81 trillion continuously; for the next 108 years or more on capital expenditure (CAPEX) to meet that target.

”The fact that only N2.49 trillion was appropriated for capital expenditure in 2020, reflects the importance of deliberate and pragmatic action to boost infrastructural spending.

“It seems to me to be quite clear that the financial outlay and management capability required; for infrastructural development and service delivery; outstrip the financial and also technical resources available to the government.

“In other words, the traditional method of building infrastructure through budgetary allocations is inadequate; and also set to become harder because of increasingly limited fiscal space,” he said.

On the benefits of effectively implementing PPP arrangements for Nigeria, he said if properly designed and executed, PPP models would unlock innovative infrastructure financing and management in a transparent and more efficient manner.

According to him, Nigeria using PPP frameworks will benefit immensely from huge local and foreign private sector resources.

He said that the Federal Government was leveraging on the partnership with the private sector; to bridge the huge infrastructure gap.

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