The Federal Government has been called upon to put in place policy frame-work and enabling environment to fast-track the implementation of the economic development blue-print for the country.
A fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr. Fyne Chima Ogolo, made the call in a paper on titled: “The essentials of the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan”, during the technical session of June general meeting of the society held in Port Harcourt, recently.
Ogolo said NSE, Port Harcourt branch is willing to partner the Federal Government to achieve the desired objective of the blue-print for the nation’s infrastructural goals.
According to him, the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIIMP) is a 30-year long term plan that is specifically focused on bridging the infrastructure gap that impedes the goals and various developmental plans including what the vision 20:20:20 and the Transformation Agenda planned to achieve, adding that it also provides a long term perspective on infrastructure planning for the Federal, State and Local Governments as well as the private sector.
He said that the NIIMP is Nigeria’s blue-print for accelerated infrastructure development that can compete with the international standards when fully executed, stressing that it provides the road map for building world class infrastructure required to grow the economy, enhance quality of life of the citizenry, create jobs and improve Nigeria’s global competitiveness.
The NSE fellow reiterated that the NIIMP would provide the framework for investment across the six zones in the country, and that it would further strengthen the legal framework to allow for private sector participation in infrastructure development, thereby creating an Infrastructure Delivery Co-ordination Unit (IDCU) within the National Planning Commission.