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Federal Government Seeks UKNIAF Assistance in the Development of National Infrastructure Register

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Federal Government Seeks UKNIAF Assistance in the Development of National Infrastructure Register
The Federal Government of Nigeria has sought the assistance of the United Kingdom Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (UKNIAF) in the creation of a National Infrastructure Register. The register aims to keep track of the country's infrastructure stock as part of the Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan. The Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, called on UKNIAF to align their plans with the national objectives and provide capacity building support to relevant ministries. The government recognizes the need to enhance institution capacity and strengthen public-private partnerships to bridge the infrastructure funding gap.

ABUJA - The Federal Government of Nigeria has reached out to the United Kingdom Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (UKNIAF) for assistance in the development of a National Infrastructure Register to monitor the country's infrastructure stock. This move is in line with the government's Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan.

During a courtesy visit by UKNIAF officials to the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, he urged UKNIAF to align its infrastructural renewal plans with the national objectives of the Federal Government. The Minister emphasized the importance of a seamless effort in infrastructure planning and the need for a National Infrastructure Register to keep track of the national infrastructure stock.

In his plea to UKNIAF, Senator Bagudu outlined the significance of complying with the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIIMP), which was developed in 2014 through a participatory process involving all stakeholders. He acknowledged UKNIAF's previous efforts in infrastructural development across the country and called for their assistance in strengthening the institutional capacity of the Ministry and other relevant agencies to better achieve their mandates.

The Minister highlighted the limited capacity of the existing MDAs (Ministries, Departments, and Agencies) in identifying and packaging bankable projects as a key obstacle to infrastructure delivery in Nigeria. This limitation has also hindered private sector investment in infrastructure development. Senator Bagudu urged UKNIAF to assist in enhancing institutional capacity to overcome this challenge.

The Minister also sought the support of UKNIAF in hosting national and sub-national awareness and sensitization workshops on the recently reviewed National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (2020-2043). This plan serves as the approved vehicle for delivering infrastructure projects in Nigeria.

The UKNIAF representatives, Engr. Frank Edozie and Olapade Hakeem, emphasized the importance of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) as a means to bridge the infrastructure funding gap. They highlighted the necessity for both the Federal and State governments to prioritize PPP and its potential to enhance infrastructure financing across the country.

Mr. Samuel Nwozuzu, the Director of Infrastructure in the Ministry, expressed his gratitude to the UK-NIAF team for their visit and the initiation of infrastructure financing development in the country.

The UK-NIAF was established in response to a request by the Federal Government for technical assistance in improving Nigeria's infrastructure, as well as the quality and reliability of related services. It aims to increase access to improved, reliable, and affordable infrastructure services by enhancing the government's capacity to plan, finance, and operate infrastructure delivery at the Federal and State levels.

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