Ministerial Speech

The National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIIMP) is Nigeria’s blue-print for boosting and modernizing the nation’s stock of Infrastructure, over the next 30 years.  The National Planning Commission (NPC) in 2012, initiated the crafting of a long-term Infrastructure Development Plan, that will engender sustainable economic growth and development, in furtherance of Mr. President’s Transformation Agenda. The importance of adequate and modern infrastructure to national development cannot be overemphasized. The development of the NIIMP was anchored on the need to synchronize and harmonize the various Sectoral Infrastructure Development Plans, into a single, comprehensive and coherent document that fully exploits the synergies and linkages and provides a clear investment framework for boosting investments in Nigeria’s Infrastructure sector.

The NIIMP therefore, is set to liberate the economy from the shackles of debilitating infrastructure bottleneck, and place it on a solid growth path. It provides the framework that will guide interventions, investments, as well as budgetary allocations to the sector in the next 30 years.

The NIIMP has taken stock of the existing infrastructure, and future stock requirements, including total resource requirements, across key sectors of the economy and has identified critical enablers for the promotion of private sector investment.   It, invariably, presents a strong platform for Public and Private sector constructive engagement and Donor support for boosting infrastructural development and empowering Nigerians.

The NIIMP provides the strategies, targets and priority projects, as well as total investment outlay for the first 5 years and scheduled timelines for deliverables. It also,

highlights financing options for funding infrastructure investments in Nigeria.

There is no doubt that the estimated resource requirement for NIIMP’s implementation is enormous.  We are not unmindful of the challenges that lay ahead.  Looking forward, we are optimistic that, with the various bankable projects identified under the NIIMP and the increasing international and domestic investor confidence in the Nigerian economy, as evident from the in-flow of FDI in the past decade, the NIIMP objectives are realizable.

I must acknowledge that a lot of work went into crafting of this document. The wide consultative process and participatory approach adopted in the articulation of the NIIMP will ensure that Nigerians own and participate actively in the implementation.

I thank all those who contributed to the successful formulation of the policy document, particularly the various Technical Working Groups, Representatives of the Organized Private Sector – the Business Support Group (BSG) and Government officials for their commitment and hard-work.  I also acknowledge the effort of the Editorial Committee, who painstakingly worked to ensure the final document is of implementable quality.

Finally, I must say that successful implementation of the NIIMP would, among others, require efficient allocation and utilization of available resources, systematic and focused implementation of programmes and the provision of the enabling environment for private sector participation.

The NPC is committed to coordinating implementation of the NIIMP and the provision of necessary support to stakeholders.

Dr. Abubakar O. Sulaiman
Honourable Minister/Deputy Chairman
National Planning Commission

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