Experts have noted that durable and sustainable socio-economic development can never be realized without paying due attention to the development and improvement of infrastructure as it creates an enabling environment to stimulate business and industrial activities for enhanced productivity.
This opinion was at the front burner of deliberations at the recently concluded Nigerian National Strategic Conference on Sustainable Development held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State with theme, “Economic Infrastructure and Sustainable Development”.
Dr. Love Arugu a Lecturer, Department of Political Science and Strategic Studies, Federal University Otuoke, Chairperson Local Organizing Committee and Director, South-South Geo-political zone.
She urged the conference attendees to formulate a meaningful policy and blueprint aimed at informing our leaders and policy makers on the right path.
Dr. Arugu noted that the theme of the conference defines the direction of the discourse at a time when infrastructural development has assumed a central
importance in Nigeria’s fight to attain social and economic stability.
She pointed out that operations in the Industrial sector say achieving meaningful development requires government to tackle challenges of basic infrastructural needs of the country by ensuring efficient stable power supply, safe potable water, functional public transport system, effective communication system, reliable health and educational facilities, good and environmentally friendly public sanitation and efficient security infrastructure.
She regretted that over the years, poor state of infrastructural facilities have been the malaise of Nigeria’s economic development while the near collapse of public infrastructure in the country is occasioned by many years of neglect by government and lack of maintenance culture and effective planning.
The conference attracted intellectuals and academicians from all parts of the country and featured plenary sessions, Institutional brief, paper presentations, multi disciplinary plenary sessions, plenary review, goodwill messages, policy briefing/meetings.