Taking his campaign train to the construction industry, the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has pledged to tread the footsteps of the APC-led President Muhammadu Buhari administration regarding infrastructure.
Tinubu was unequivocal about continuing investment in infrastructure, if elected as Nigeria’s President in the February 25, 203, presidential election.
He made the commitment at the weekend in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), at a Stakeholders Consultative Session with the Federation of Construction Industry in Nigeria (FOCI), where he canvassed of the organisation’s support, with Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola lending his voice to the effort.
Tinubu explained that from the beginning of his campaign, he had declared his commitment to furthering the developmental feats achieved by the Buhari administration.
“The current administration’s re-energised approach to the Reviewed National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan commits us to massive investment in infrastructure.
“This will add value to the national economy while enhancing private sector participation in infrastructure development in the country.
“God willing, as we assume the mantle of leadership, we shall build an even more prosperous economy. This means additional investment in relevant infrastructure: roads, bridges, rail, airports, schools, power facilities, hospitals and more.
“These will enhance efficiency, support industrial growth, spur trade and investment, and improve the ease of doing Business.
“My commitment to increase annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth will heavily depend on the quality of the infrastructure we shall build to facilitate and sustain growth in all facets of our national life,” the APC presidential candidate said.
Appealing for the support of FOCI members and their employees towards achieving his presidential ambition, Tinubu went on: “I will be your partner in building this life-defining infrastructure, so essential to creating the nation of our dreams. The framework on infrastructure in our Renewed Hope action plan encapsulates, among others, the renewal and expansion of the existing stock of our national infrastructure.
“This means sound transport networks across the country, modern ports and reduced transportation costs for Nigerians. We plan to build high-capacity telecommunications networks to facilitate faster communication across a wider expanse of the national territory.
“We will promote the efficient flow of information, expand and secure pipelines for oil and gas to ensure constant energy supply and exports.
”I will also invest in adequate power generation as well as better functioning transmission and distribution systems that will light our homes and make business more competitive by achieving disruption free production of goods and service.”
He said that other essential provisions, such as affordable housing, which increases the social stability as well as the standard of living of Nigerian households would be promoted.
According to him, he would partner with FOCI to build the life-defining infrastructure essential to build a nation that citizens dream of.
“The framework on infrastructure in our Renewed Hope action plan encapsulates, among others, the renewal and expansion of the existing stock of our national infrastructure.
“This means sound transport networks across the country, modern ports and reduced transportation costs for Nigerians.
“These vital infrastructural components will contribute significantly towards a more prosperous, more productive nation.
“I assure you that we will productively engage your workers, suppliers, direct and indirect personnel, subcontractors and artisans.
“Together we shall build the Nigeria of our dreams where your businesses thrive as they construct a better nation for all our people,” Tinubu said.
Answering questions from FOCI members on what he will do about security, Tinubu pledged to tackle insecurity headlong.
He said that security was critical to every part of the country and building of infrastructure, adding that his government, when elected, would strengthen security and employ all means including technology to tackle it.
He added that he would also ensure that the youth were properly engaged and empowered to stop them from getting involved in social vices.
Speaking on monetary and fiscal policies, the APC presidential candidate said that he would establish an infrastructure bank where long term funding instrument would be encouraged.
Speaking earlier, the Minister of Works noted that infrastructure was the backbone of a nation’s economy, adding that economy could not be better without politics.
Fashola said that, if elected, Tinubu would continue with the infrastructure rebuilding started by Buhari.
Also speaking, the President of FOCI Council, Mr Vincent Barrah, listed the activities of the federation as including advocacy, representation, standardisation and building skills, among other things.
He commended the APC candidate for accepting FOCI’s invitation.
Barrah noted that the federation was the next largest employer of labour apart from the government and plays a great role in the development of the country.
Barrah said that the federation hoped the candidate would continue with the good work the Buhari administration has done.
In attendance at the session were the Minister of Mines and Steel Development; and Minister of State, Works and Housing, Messrs. Olamilekan Adegbite and Umar Ibrahim El-Yakubu, respectively.
Others were the Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Mr Sunday Dare, and FOCI members, among others.
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