PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENT

About PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENT

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.

  1. Rural Infrastructure and Urban Renewal: On inception, the Rt. Hon. Lalong administration discovered that rural and urban infrastructure have been in state of decay. Government decided to accord top priority to this very important sector in view of the desire to put the state on a sound developmental pedestal. Rural and urban roads as well as other very critical infrastructure have indeed received the intervention of the administration.
  2. Urban Roads Projects:
    • Completion of the Secretariat Junction Flyover Bridge
    • Completion of the Yakubu Gowon Dual Carriageway, Jos Metropolis
    • Rehabilitation of roads within the Greater Jos Bukuru Metropolis
    • Completion of the renovation work on the State House of Assembly Chambers
    • Completion of Rehabilitation of the Federal Low Cost and the Rantya Roads Network
    • Construction and completion of Hillcrest- Plateau Hospital Road
    • Completion of Plateau Hospital Dental Clinic Dogon Karfe Road
    • Completion of Zololo- Nassarawa Gwong - Dutse Uku Road
    • Construction of Dong-Rantya-Gyel
    • Dualization of Old Airport- Rayfield Road with spur at Dogon Karfe-Kugiya-Bwandang and New Government House
    • Construction of Kufang-Wildlife Park road with spur to Domkat Bali and Bitrus Rwang Pam Road
    • Construction of Angwan Rogo Road Network with Spur and bridge linking Hawan Idi/Ali Kazaure Street awarded to Latokem Nig. Ltd at the sum of N1,508,822,678.75
    • Construction of Main Market Street- dutse Uku, Baptist Street- Dan Sarina, Pump Street, St Michaels Loop, Tsarki Street, Tshohon Yar Kasuwa- Rikkos Chwelnyap qith Spur to Yan Trailer- three Container and New Market road awarded to China Zhonghoa Nig Ltd at the cost of N1,795,410,977.30
    • Construction of Kabong Satellite Market- Tudun Wada Road/Sabon Gari with Spur to Mado Wildlife Park awarded to Jolex Construction Nig Ltd at the cost of N1,808,033,610.00
    • Construction of Euro Pharm- Diyei- Zarmaganda- Mazaram Road Network
    • Construction of 6 kilometer Angwan Rogo Road
    • Completion of Miango-Rafiki Road
    • Rantya-Domkat Bali Road has been overlaid
    • Construction of Rantya State Lowcost to Bambi Road
    • Zololo-Dilimi, Plateau Hospital-Dogon Karfe, Dental Clinic-Fototek, Tina Junction to Yanshanu Metropolitan Roads have been completed
    • The Main Arterial Jos-Bukuru-Mararaban Jama’a road completed
  3. Rural Roads Completed
    • Construction of the collapsed Shendam-Kalong-Shimankar Road Bridge
    • Completion of the Jos-Mazah road
    • Construction and completion of the Zandi-Maijuju Road
    • Construction and completion of the Mangu-Gindiri-Lere-Kadunu-Bakin Kogi-Foron
    • Construction of Bassa -Binchi-Buyo with Spur to Zagun
    • Construction of Langtan-Garkawa-Yelwa-Shendam with Spur to Lalin
    • Construction of Gunji-SHiwer-Dokpai with Spur to Tiplik
    • Construction of Jengre-Amo-Katako Road
    • Completion of Gindir-Mangu Road

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;

Energy and Water Resources

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

Housing and Urban Development

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.

FIVE POINT POLICY

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Human Capital Development & Social Welfare

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Peace, Security & Good Governance

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Physical Infrastructure & Environment

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Agriculture & Rural Development

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Entrepreneurship & Industralization