Nigeria records 200,000km roads, 17m housing deficits

December 18, 2014 • Daily Email Recap

Nigeria records 200,000km roads, 17m housing deficits

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NIGERIA needs about 400,000 kilometrers of roads to meet its quest for infrastructure development, approximately twice the volume of the present road network cross the 36 states of the federation. Likewise, the nation’s housing deficit currently stands at 17 million.

This was disclosed by the Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), Prof. Danladi Slim Matawal, at the 2014 Nigeria Academy of Engineering public lecture in Lagos.

Meanwhile, the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has enlisted into the workforce some 7,000 youths in collaboration with the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) from communities to carry out maintenance tasks in various federal roads nationwide.

According to Matawal, Nigeria’s quest to develop such level of infrastructure that could impact on the economy requires massive construction of roads approximately twice the volume of what it has today, estimated at 400, 000km.

He also explained that the country urgently needs about 16 to 17 million houses, stating the need to utilize indigenous and user-friendly materials and techniques to make affordable housing available to the urban and rural low-medium income earners.

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