About 135,000km of roads in Nigeria yet un-tarred – ICRC

The Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Chidi Izuwah Wednesday in Abuja, at the 2017 Otis Anyaeji and Nigerian Society of Engineers Annual lecture, said that about 135,000 kilometres of road network in the country were yet un-tarred, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Mr Izuwah spoke on the theme: Transportation Infrastructure as a Catalyst for Economic Diversification and Inclusive National Development.

Key excerpts:

  • “Nigeria has about 195,000 km road network out of which a proportion of about 32,000 km are federal roads while 31,000km are state roads.
  • “Out of this, only about 60,000km are paved…a large proportion in very poor unacceptable condition due to insufficient investment and lack of adequate maintenance.”
  • “Private capital and management expertise will help in this area.”
  • He said that Nigeria’s investment in road and rail remained low and had led to the continued under development of the country, adding to joblessness and poverty.

Speaking, the President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Otis Anyaeji, called on its members to look into investing in bankable PPP projects across the country.

He said this would help to diversify the nation’s economy, create jobs, improve economic activities and enrich the quality of life of the people.

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