It is no longer news that Nigeria’s infrastructure – from roads to bridges to hospitals – are poorly maintained.

But the government will hardly admit this unless on rare occasion like this.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has owned up to the problem.

The super minister admitted that the Federal Government has not done enough in the area of maintenance of infrastructure across the country.

Fashola stated this while receiving an award of recognition from the Association of Indigenous Construction Contractors of Nigeria.

He was being honoured as a result of the regular payment to Federal Government’s contractors in the last one and a half years.

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The minister, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Communications, Hakeem Bello, told his guests that another area where massive scope existed for partnership is in the maintenance sector.

Fashola was quoted as saying, “Whatever we build is built to a design life, subject to certain types of maintenance, and that is an area that we haven’t really done enough.”

He said the ministry is working to develop a pilot maintenance framework, starting with government buildings.

“Hopefully, maybe in the 2019 budget, if we are lucky, we will be able to put a sizeable global maintenance budget for the first time and see how to engage labour and contracting companies to help grow the economy,” he explained.

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