President Muhammadu Buhari

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, says President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of the Presidential Infrastructural Development Fund to address critical infrastructural deficit in some parts of the country, especially road and power projects.

Mustapha, who stated this at a sensitisation workshop on socio-economic and infrastructural facilities and strategic partnership with critical stakeholders on change agenda in North-West geo-political zone, said the fund, managed by the National Sovereign Investment Authority, would cater for infrastructural disadvantaged areas across the country.

The workshop with the theme, ‘The provision and spread of socio-economic services, amenities and facilities needed to stimulate stakeholders in the country’, which was organised by the Federal Character Commission, was held in Kaduna.

He identified some of the projects to be addressed to include the second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Expressway, among others.

He said, “As we are all aware, development of any kind can only thrive in a peaceful and secure society. Therefore, government has been addressing cases of rural banditry and kidnapping both in cities and in rural areas.”

The Acting Executive Chairman, FCC, Dr. Shettima Bukar Abba, had earlier cautioned state governors and Ministries, Departments and Agencies against the concentration of projects in a senatorial zone of a state. He said as part of its mandate, the commission would ensure equitable distribution of posts in public service as well as projects.

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