For Nigeria to be among the first top 20 economies in the world, its road infrastructure must grow from 194,000km to about 300,000km. This view was canvassed by the Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, an architect..
"Our country needs to make strategic investments in roads infrastructure if the objective of the transformation agenda of the Federal Government to be among the top 20 economies in the world by the year 2020 is to be realised," he said
Delivering a paper on"the transformation agenda in the Federal Ministry of works" at the Academy for Entrepreneurial Studies, AES Excellence Club Dinner/Award Nite in Lagos, Onolememen said this will require huge investments by both the three tiers of Government and the Private Sector, adding that such investments cannot be possible if there are no attitudinal change in the policy formulation, financing and management of roads infrastructure in the country.
"A look at the statistics indicates that Nigeria has an uphill task ahead of her. Nigeria has a total of about 194,000 km of roads. Comparing this figure to those of the United States of America (6,506,204 km); India (4,109,593 km); China (3,806,800 km); Brazil (1,751868 km); Turkey (352,046 km); and South Africa (362,099 km), enables one to better appreciate the enormity of the challenge that we face as a Nation in the road sector," he said.
He lamented that "We have come to this sorry state of affairs in the governance of our road sector because the leadership of our country in the past four decades failed to develop the right attitude like former President Kennedy of the United States of America to road development. Therefore attitudinal change in management and financing of roads in Nigeria are needed to transform road development in our country.