Vision 20:2020: Nigeria Needs $100b To Overtake 110 Countries
PDF Print E-mail

Moved by the federal government’s efforts towards addressing infrastructure and housing deficits, the executive vice chairman/chief executive officer of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Engr. Mohammed Sani Haruna, has disclosed that for Nigeria to attain the goals of Vision 20:2020, it needs to overtake about 110 countries.

This is just as he revealed that statistics available showed that Nigeria would apparently not meet the target since it relied on importation of infrastructure from foreign countries, thereby neglecting indigenous technology.

He stated this in Abuja yesterday during the 2015 edition of Engr.Charles Mbanefo Distinguished Lecture, organised by the Abuja branch of Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) with the theme, ‘Infrastructural Development: A Ladder to Economic Advancement and Sustainability’.

He regretted that the oil boom triggered the demand for foreign goods which undermined infrastructure development, stressing that several attempts by previous governments to achieve economic advancement and sustainability failed to yield positive results.

Haruna who was represented by NASENI director of Engineering Services, Engr. Mohammed Dauda maintained that Nigeria needs $100billion to address infrastructure deficit in the areas of road, rail and oil and gas.

On his part, the chairman, Abuja Branch of NSE, Engr. Yakubu Ali Garba, further said there is need for the federal government to support engineers in order to attain Vision 20:2020, even as he stated that quacks are responsible for cases of building collapse and not engineers.

While soliciting partnership from the media on ways of improving the engineering profession, he said President Buhari’s fight against corruption would only succeed if salaries of engineers are reviewed.

He attributed the success of the 2015 general elections to the introduction of card readers, which he said was designed by a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He said, “The success of the 2015 general elections has made Nigeria a centre of attraction because serious investors have started coming and are willing to invest in Nigeria”.

Also speaking, the president of NSE, Engr. Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, said engineers owe Nigeria a duty to continually drive debates and discussions on issues of national development especially in engineering and infrastructure development.

In his remarks, Engr. Charles Mbanefo expressed worry that Nigeria does not invest in Research which would enhance the economy, adding that the country’s biggest problem is sustainability of ideas.