"As a result of her failed infrastructures, the economic development of our country has suffered major setbacks and what is potentially a rich and great country has failed to develop her enormous potential over the years. Nigeria was appropriately described as the Giant of Africa in the early 1960sfollowing her political independence from British colonial rule. In 2017, Borgen Magazine from Seattle Washington described Nigeria as the poverty capital of the world. The World Economic Forumâ€™s 2016-17 Global Competitiveness Index ranked Nigeriaâ€™s Infrastructure at the bottom - 132 out of 138 countries - and according to that organizationâ€™s 2016 Executive Opinion Survey, the poor infrastructure is the largest constraint on doing business in the country.
Why should poverty and poor infrastructures bedevil a nation so richly endowed by God with enormous human and natural resources? What are the parameters that drive the delivery and development of infrastructures and why have we over the years failed to get them right? To answer these questions we shall take a close look at some typical infrastructuresâ€“ railways, roads, and power generation, and quickly scan the national development planning process to note our successes and failures".
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