The need to patner with private sector in form of Public Private Patnership (PPP) to address Infrastructural deficit by attracting more investments in Bauchi State and Nigeria have been stressed.
Engineer Dr. Stephen Abubakar, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works and Transport, Bauchi State gave the emphasis on Saturday as a guest Speaker at the 3rd memorial lecture in honour of Engineer Yelwaji Sale the first indigenous Engineer from Bauchi State.
Speaking on the topic “Infrastructural Deficit: A case for public private Patnership”, at the event organised by the state branch of The Nigerian Society of Engineers, the guest lecturer said huge gap exist in many sectors in the country.
“There is a very wide Infrastructural gap in Nigeria; we have not reached there, Telecommunication, Transportation, Power, Water, Sannitation among others, we are still far behind.
“It is estimated that about $2.3 trillion is needed between now and 2043 by the infrastructural Master Plan”, he said.
Also speaking, another guest lecturer Engineer Professor Nuruddeen Bashir of Kano University of Science and Technology made case for the need for high voltage Technology labouratory in Nigeria.
He lamented that there not even a single viable high voltage labouratory in Nigeria despite it’s importance in areas like agriculture, food and water, Pharmacy, Aviation industry among others.
The Malasyan trained Professor said that Nigeria is lagging behind compared to other African cointries because her government have no political will to buy into the high Technology innovations as such.
Earlier, branch Chairman of the Association, Engineer Abdulmalik Maleka appreciated the state government for engaging them in Supervising six of its Projects this year adding that more of such is needed to provide professional services to Infrastructural development that will last the taste of time.
Climax of the event was questions and answer segment where participants poured their concerns on certain infrastructural decay and challenges as coordinated by President of the Nigeria Society of Nigeria, Engineer Babagana Mohammed represented by Eng. Usman Abubakar.