When I think about infrastructure in Nigeria, I think about those things that we wake up to see every day. Without these things, life will not be the same. If you sleep and wake up in a modern home, it will be hard for you to think of what life would be like, waking up in a cave, thousands of years ago.
Let’s say you have to get to work every day and that distance is about 10 kilometres each day to get to where you work (Many people in Lagos travel far more everyday to get to their place of work). What will the case be if all that distance has to be taken on foot? Okay, you’ve got a car but 90 percent of the roadway is full of pot-holes, which hold basins of muddy water. How will your life be like?
So often, we take infrastructure for granted in Nigeria. Yet, we can make things better. Look at the airlines, roads/bridges, technology, buildings, landscapes, and other minor, yet tangible amenities we enjoy today. Think of what life will be like without these things. Nevertheless, this infrastructure emphasizes the need for us to continue sustaining them, lest the cradle of civilizations falls apart.
Man cannot help improving every day. This is the whole essence of mankind. We must all strive to be better at who we are, what we do, and what we will become in the future. When it comes to construction, engineering and infrastructure, the engineer and scientist cannot afford to be complacent.
Let’s keep looking at areas where change is needed and let us be quick to act. One of the lessons we learned from engineers in our last seminar, titled State of Infrastructural Development in Nigeria, is that when it comes to infrastructure, delay often means increase in costs of reparation. Engineer Ibikunle S. Ogunbayo explained to us what it means for a small pot-hole to be amended and what it means for a gully to be blocked.
Therefore, more than any other time in history, the federal and state government ought to put forth concerted efforts to proffer lasting solutions to the nagging issues of infrastructure, which at the present time affects all sectors of the economy as well as the private life of the common man on the street.
Right now, there are massive development projects going on in Nigeria. This is not surprising, seeing that the nation now tops all other economies in Africa. Instead of resting on our laurels, we have to fully grasp the fact that now is the time to use our resources to benefit the rest of the world. Meanwhile, what we do tells on our infrastructure backbone. If our infrastructure is weak, it means our economy is weak.
For our part in Greenspring Communications, we have made in-depth research into infrastructure and the various ways in which the nation’s infrastructure status can be strengthened in order for the lives of the masses to be enriched. In doing this, we partner and work with engineers in Nigeria to examine and seek multiple ways of solving the issue of infrastructure in Nigeria. Yet, we understand that government must act and stakeholders must support in making sure that the right solutions are proffered to the problem of infrastructure in this country.