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Construction Engineering Infrastructure Review is in its second year. We are glad to welcome the first edition this year to all our readers. Top of the agenda on this edition is the issue of infrastructure and architecture. 2015 has been postulated by analysts as a year that will be difficult economically for Nigerians, with the fall in naira and the drastic fall in the price of crude oil taking the centre stage.
More voices are being raised in support of diversification but it is hard for Nigeria because oil and gas has been the mainstay of the economy for decades. It appears that Nigeria may now frantically try to look at agriculture as the competitive sector for gaining revenue nationwide.
But when for example, the IT industry is booming, the manufacturing industry is booming, telecoms is booming and Nigeria can boast of enviable export trade income, then we can believe that the economy is strong.
However, diversification may not actually mean that Nigeria forgets oil revenue. But when for example, the IT industry is booming, the manufacturing industry is booming, telecoms is booming and Nigeria can boast of enviable export trade income, then we can believe that the economy is strong. Yet, I believe that the Nigerian economy is stronger than what most of us in the country think.
Add to that, the fact that Nigerians are people known for their resiliency. In the face of all the gloom that analysts are proclaiming for the country this year, I’d say Nigeria can weather the storm. There is the impetus for continued clamour for better infrastructure.
Poor infrastructure is like an office with bad or shoddy equipment. Such a corporate entity will be unable to satisfy the need of customers.
So, without proper infrastructure, Nigeria can’t cater to those who are its own. A lot has been done already, yet more efforts are needed for the country to be said to have ‘arrived’.
There are various means by which the federal government is trying to fight off the issue of a depressing economy which portend even harder times for the people of Nigeria.
SURE-P is one of them and positive results are being collected from different states in Nigeria. Yet, I believe that SURE-P efforts are yet to be really far-reaching. Nigerians need to feel its effects more.
Young people need to be taken care of, lest they become unnecessary burden on the community where they live. Some of them are already turning to the art of begging for money even if the giver would only give what is enough for a single meal. The Nigerian youth must be empowered because he or she will be the adult tomorrow, ready to steer Nigeria in the right direction.
We don’t have much to write about youths on this edition, but we did our best to reflect on the present situation of the Nigerian economy, sometimes suggesting ways in which the challenges facing the country can be solved. Much talks and little action will get Nigeria nowhere. So there is the call for government, stakeholders, investors, the
private sector, the public sector and everyone capable to see how they can help build the Nigerian economy. It is the most important thing right now as the future of the country depends on it.