Special consideration will be given projects that are considered “quick wins”. These are projects with potential immediate benefits or “low hanging fruits” for the nation. Special consideration will be given to some immediate “quick wins” on national level, in order to achieve progress in projects with the largest economic and social benefits. The projects considered as “quick wins” include:
■ Power and gas infrastructure, especially increase of generation and transmission network capacity. As the privatisation of generation and distribution assets continues and is expected to support growing capacity, it is important to ensure timely availability of critical inputs (such as gas pipelines, with ELPSII and OB3 being most critical), as well as evacuation capacity through the transmission network.
■ Rehabilitation of major cross-national transport links, particularly major South-North road connections such as the Lagos-Kano link, as well as East-West connections such as Calabar-Lagos-Badagry/Seme link and East-North connections, such as Port-Harcourt-Abuja link and also rehabilitation of existing rail network.
■ Improvement of cross-model connectivity links. Today, the connectivity from one model of transport to another mode of transport is limited, both for human and material goods transport. Of utmost priority are the connection links between major ports with the relevant road networks and airports.
■ Upgrading of major airports, as well as enhancing connectivity of international-international and international-domestic links, e.g., in Lagos airport.
■ Improvement of urban transportation. Many of Nigeria’s major urban centres, such as Lagos or Port Harcourt for example, are currently struggling with the required capacity, which results in significant efficiency losses. Capacity and quality increases are required for mass transportation to remedy the current poor situation/
■ Development of Staple Crop Processing Zones/
■ Expansion of broadband connectivity in order to make internet connectivity from landing points available to the end-users across the country.
■ Development of public health facilities and diagnostic centres to provide basic health services to the population across the country.
■ Development of priority minerals, including iron ore and coal. Today, Nigeria has a very limited development of iron and steel industry, which is disproportionate to the available iron ore reserves. Also, despite locally available coal, it use as a power generation source is non-existent. To ignite growth in these sectors, quick wins can be realised in sector development, such as exploration studies and mining infrastructure development such as the completion of the Ajaokuta-Warri Railway to support existing Steel Plants.
■ Upgrading of primary, secondary and tertiary education facilities. This should be considered jointly with a broader set of changes and reforms required in the education sector.
■ Rehabilitation of security facilities and infrastructure to improve the provision of quality security services.
■ On-going development of mass housing market in Nigeria to significantly reduce the housing deficit.