How our push of long-pending infrastructural projects is paying off — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

In his address to Nigerians to mark the New Year, President Muhammadu Buhari, spoke extensively about how his administration’s aggressive push of long-pending infrastructural projects is yielding dividends.

Below is what he said on the subject, illustrated with relevant infographics.

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My address to fellow Nigerians this morning is devoted mainly to informing you about the intense efforts this Administration is putting to address our country’s huge infrastructural deficit.

We are going to make significant in-roads in advancing road, rail and power projects across the country.

The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing is one of the drivers of this Government’s commitment to renew and increase Nigeria’s stock of infrastructure in order to achieve global economic competitiveness as targeted under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

With regards to Railways, we have set ourselves ambitious targets. Already in construction stage is the Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge Railway.

The line should reach Ibadan from Lagos by the end of 2019 and will carry two million passengers per year and five million tons of cargo will be transported every year giving a substantial boost to the country’s economy.

Construction of the Kano – Kaduna segment is expected to commence this year and reach Kaduna by the end of 2019. By the end of 2021 the two ends will be joined so that we will have standard gauge railway across the main North-South trading route.

The Abuja – Kaduna route will be boosted by additional rolling stock next Thursday and will be able to handle one million commuters annually.

At the same time I have approved and negotiations will be concluded in the first part of this year for the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri line covering Aba, Owerri, Umuahia, Enugu, Awka, Abakaliki, Makurdi, Lafia, Jos, Bauchi, Gombe, Yola and Damaturu. The Abuja to Itakpe line will go through Baro and terminate in Warri with construction of a new seaport at Warri.

Negotiations are also advanced for the construction of other railway lines, firstly from Kano to Maradi in Niger Republic passing through Kazaure, Daura, Katsina, Jibia to Maradi.

Secondly, Lagos to Calabar the “Coastal Rail” through Ore, Benin, Agbor, Asaba, Onitsha, Sapele, Ughelli, Warri, Yenagoa, Otuoke, Port Harcourt, Aba, Uyo and Calabar. In the next few years, all these Nigerian cities will be linked by functional modern rail systems, giving enormous boost to the social and economic life of our people.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Buhari administration's rail projects
INFOGRAPHIC: The Buhari administration’s rail projects

With respect to the Abuja Capital Light Rail, progress has reached 98% completion, as at 64% completion when we assumed office. Only test runs remain before start of operations.

This train service will stimulate economic activities in the Federal Capital and provide residents with an efficient and safe transportation system. Twelve railway sub-stations around the capital over a 45.2 kilometre route will serve as a catalyst and a pull factor to the economy of the area. The Light Rail System will reduce traffic congestion and carbon emission in line with the Administration’s policy on climate change.

Management of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has been reconstituted and has been charged with a 12 week rapid intervention in road repairs to cover all the geo-political zones. Government is undertaking repairs and maintenance of 44 roads within the six geo-political zones.

Twenty five major highways will be funded under the N100b SUKUK facility. Each geo-political zone will benefit by an equal amount of N16.67b. The following major highways are to receive special attention:

a. Oyo – Ogbomosho,

b. Ofusu – Ore – Ajebandele – Shagamu,

c. Yenagoa Road Junction – Kolo Otuoke – Bayelsa Palm,

d. Enugu – Port Harcourt Dual Carriage Way,

e. Onitsha – Enugu Expressway,

f. Kaduna Eastern Bypass,

g. Dualization of Kano – Maiduguri Road,

h. Dualization of Abuja – Lokoja – Benin Road,

i. Dualization of Suleja – Minna Road.

In addition, Government has approved work to start on the re-construction of Abuja – Kaduna – Zaria – Kano road which is in a state of disrepair. Work will soon start and is expected to be completed in 2019.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Buhari administration road projects
INFOGRAPHIC: The Buhari administration road projects

More Nigerians across the country are experiencing improved power supply to their homes and businesses. However, power remains a concern to this government because too many people still do not have regular and reliable supply.

The Payment Assurance Guarantee Scheme which started in January 2016 has enabled the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader to raise so far N701 billion to assure Generation Companies of at least 80% payment for any power delivered to the national grid.

Consequently, generation has now reached 7,000MW. On December 8, 2017 the country achieved 5,155MW of power delivered to consumers, the highest level ever recorded.

Several moribund projects have been revived. Repairs of Afam Power Station added 110MW in 2017 and another 240MW will be added this year through a private investment partnership.

Katsina Power Project is now being tested and producing 10MW of power from wind for the first time in Nigeria. It should be fully operational this year.

The Zungeru 700MW Hydroelectric Power Project, stalled by court cases is due for completion in 2019. The transmission and other requirements to operate the 30MW Gurara Phase 1 Hydroelectric Plant, the 40MW Kashimbilla Hydroelectric Plant and the 215 MW Kaduna Gas/LPG/Diesel Power Plant will also be completed this year.

A landmark project, Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project is at last taking off. This project has been on the drawing Board for 40 years, but now the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the 3,050MW project has been agreed with a Chinese joint venture Company with a financing commitment from the government of China. Completion is targeted for 2023.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Buhari administration power projects
INFOGRAPHIC: The Buhari administration power projects

As I mentioned earlier, the Transmission Company of Nigeria can now distribute all the 7,000MW that can be generated. TCN and the Niger Delta Holding Company have added 1,950MVA of 330 down to 132KV transformer capacity of 10 transmission stations and 2,930MVA of 132 down to 33KV transformer capacity of 42 sub-stations including Ikot Ekpene, Aba, Alagbon, Ajah, Ejigbo, Funtua and Zaria.

This Administration is working with the privatised distribution Companies to overcome the continuing challenges of distribution.

These massive public works should spearhead the recovery and lead millions back to employment. You will recall that it was not until last year that we got out of the economic recession into which the country had fallen as a consequence of past unsustainable economic policies which projected short-term illusory growth.

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  • Bassey Frank

    The infograph is deceptive. PMB’s attention is on the SW and North rail corridor. The eastern corridor and the Lagos-Calabar projects are futuristic. While the former will be completed in 2019, discussion will commence on the latter.

    • Ay baba

      this information are out for you to verify before you start your blind criticism. in the day of your hero “jonadarft” we dont have any official information like this except the verbal lies been peddle by his surrogates. so before you start your usual wailing, try to check if this information are true or false, just as i will do.

      • Bassey Frank

        Stay on the argument. The infograph is deceptive. He SW/North corridor will be completed in 2019. Discussions on the Eastern Corridor will begin in 2023. We in the East will contribute in loan repayment of the SW/North corridor long before they begin to benefit from the “project”. You ignored this point and you are talking about something else. Why are you Arewa-anus so intellectually dehydrated. You took yourself off human value. Lame camel.

    • Dan arewa

      For you, Nigeria itself is deceptive along with Buhari and the rest, nothing in this World is real for you, infact not even yourself, why dont you just move to the USA, stwoped black man

      • Bassey Frank

        I would rather move to Saudi Arabia where I can throw stone at the residence of the Devil.

  • Ali Geidam

    Interesting

  • Adele Uhuru

    Deceptions all through – believe these contorted narrative of the more you look the less you see at your peril

    • Dan arewa

      Always negative, you have nothing positive to say about your country, if it where the US, even if they practicing slavery you will come out supporting, the curse of black race, every where you go you see them in poverty insulting each other

      • Adele Uhuru

        Country led by moronic narrow minded fools deserves no positive emphasis from me – the truth hurts i know but it is hard to see any positive from a blind, inept, bigoted and uncoordinated administration that have failed their constituents severely

  • Adam A

    Welldone Sir. This why majority of us love u and pray for God’s guidance till 2023 by His Grace