The importance of infrastructure in turning an economy around cannot be over emphasized. It is true as revealed by the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning that Nigeria requires $3 trillion to fund infrastructure projects in the next 30 years under the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan. The implementation of this plan would indeed be done by way of collaboration between the federal and State Governments and the private sector. Under the plan, the public sector will handle 52% of the projects with the remaining percentage to be handled by the private sector. For us on the Plateau, though we cannot easily quantify the monetary implications for infrastructure projects, the challenges posed by infrastructural decay and deficits are quite enormous.
Indeed, physical infrastructure in the state was found to be in a deplorable sate. This called for concerted efforts in this direction. In view of this, the state roadmap for infrastructural development has been geared towards improving some critical sectors of the economy- Agriculture, Tourism, Solid Minerals, Transport, Power and Energy, ICT, Housing, Security, Rural Development, Education and Health Services and other forms of Social Infrastructure. The goal is to ensure affordable access to all these and as well create a clean sustainable environment for healthy and decent living for the citizens. Despite limited resources, the robust frame work for infrastructural development is already yielding results. In spite of resources constraint, the Gov. Simon Lalong administration has in about 3 years undertaken the following infrastructural projects.
The Simon Bako Lalong Administration has awarded contracts to reputable contractors at the whooping sum of N37bn for 16 Rural and 6 Metropolitan Road Projects across the state and work is ongoing. These roads which cut across the 17 LGAs of the state are;
Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese Company for Rural Electrification of Parts of the State.
Plateau is the 3rd solar radiation point in the country. It also has 20 hydro points at various parts of the state, capable of generating electricity. The Plateau State Government has entered into partnership with an Israeli firm, Eilat Eilot, to create a renewable energy hub through effective utilization of the hydro points.
Government of Plateau State commissioned Solar Grids in 3 Rural Communities (Demshin and Ungwan Rina) in Shendam LGA
Plateau State Government signed three New Policies to promote the use of renewable energy for sustainable power supply in the state.
The state Government has commissioned a 5k W Demonstration Plant to Commence the States “Green City Program.”
Government has gone into collaboration with private investors to establish the Shimankar Independent power plant with capacity to generate 60 megawatts of electricity.
Has initiated the Panyam Solar Power Plant to be executed by NESCO in order provide electricity to the area.
Complete Overhaul and Repair of the hitherto nonfunctional high lift water pump at Yakubu Gowon Treatment Plant and restoration of the Pumping on the Phase 2.
Restoration of the Bokkos, Shendam and Pankshin Water Treatment Plants in conjunction with the Local Government Management Committees with an ongoing project at Langtang.
Released counterpart funds to the EU-UNICEF Projects for Construction of a total of 340 Boreholes in Shendam and Riyom LGAs.
Released N30million as counterpart fund for the New Watershed Management Project and have accessed $2million.
Rehabilitated 6 Earth Dams in Langtang South LGA
Completed remodeling of the state Governors Lodge, Asokor, Abuja.
Memorandum of Understanding under the Public Private Partnership signed for 22,500 Housing Units at 9 Sites in Jos.
Plans have reached an advanced stage for Mass Housing Units at Naraguta, Jos
Renovation and Remodelling of the Presidential Lodge, Jos.