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http://www.thenationonlineng.net/20...among-100-global-infrastructure-projects.htmlFrom February 22-24, this year, over 500 executives from the public and private sector will gather at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, for the Fifth Annual Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum designed to promote the top 100 Global Infrastructure Projects.
The theme of this year’s forum is: Winners in the global infrastructure marketplace: High value projects, high level alliances, world class expertise.
Mr Daniel Omonze, the President, Initiative for Infrastructure and Modern City Development (IIMCD) and the Country Co-ordinator of Fifth Annual Global Infrastructure Leadership in Nigeria, said the forum will showcase countries with the most innovative and competitive infrastructure projects.
Listed among the top 100 global infrastructure projects is the Mambila Hydroelectric Power project. This is described as the crown project for Nigeria to address power. It is one of the major programmes of the Federal Government to improve energy security in the country.
Also listed is the Abuja-Kaduna Railway Project, a modernisation programme of the government to implement an efficient transport system. The estimated value of the projects identified in 2011 is US$784 billion. This is nearly double the total enterprise value of projects in 2010, and represents both pent-up demand and a clear recognition that re-starting global growth depends on significant new investment.
The assessment focuses on ‘clusters’ of infrastructure pipeline zones - countries, or regions - that efficiently produce projects that are expected to go forward in the next three-12 months. This year’s critical sectors reflect key trends in global infrastructure, the rise of mega-projects, shale gas as a demand driver, and continuing pent-up demand in the transport sector - nearly 28 per cent of the Top 100 list is made up of either highway or Urban Mass Transit projects. The Top 100 List is released prior to the Fifth Annual Global Infrastructure Forum.
Each year, top 100 projects around the world are selected for recognition, presentation and high-level discussion, more than 500 executives from key industries, including contractors, engineers, equipment and technology providers, financiers, and policy experts would be hosted.
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http://allafrica.com/stories/201208050350.htmlFederal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disclosed that it has paid N22.4 billion for the Abuja Mono-light Rail Project to ease the problem of transportation being faced by the FCT residents.
This was disclosed Saturday at the 2012 Senior Staff Retreat of FCT Transportation Secretariat with the theme "Transportation in The FCT: prospects, Challenges and Solutions".
While declaring the retreat open, the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary FCTA, Engr. Anthony Ozodinobi, said that efforts of the Transport Secretariat will help achieve the development targets of the Administration including the Mono-Rail Project.
Mohammed said: "In order to fulfil the vision for building a capital city that will be among the top 20 capital cities in the world by year 2020, and that, if this goal is to be achieved, there is need to build a transportation system that is in conformity with global best practice.
"On assumption of office, I was confronted with challenges with endemic traffic congestion, inadequate transportation infrastructure and service, as well as failing environmental orderliness.
"In order to arrest the declining transport fortunes of the city, this Administration took up the task of building an efficient, affordable and modern transport system under our greater Abuja transportation policy to ensure effective and seamless movement of personnel, goods and service in the FCT."
According to the minister, the project is being done through a deliberate policy of fast-tracking development of on-going infrastructural projects and ensuring their realisation in stipulated time, adding that government alone cannot deliver on these promises without effective private sector participation.
He said that both the Federal government and FCTA are committed to ensuring tax exemption to private investors, structuring appropriate feeder route services and allotting of dedicated lanes to them.
In the same vein, the Minster of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide represented by Director, Satellite Town Development Agency, Alhaji Tukur Ibrahim, commended the Transport Secretariat for its efforts in translating the vision of the present FCT administration in the area of public transport into reality.
"The overriding goal of the FCTA transport policy is to achieve a modern transport system, using high quality environmentally friendly carriages, operating at exclusive lanes, involving less travel time, at reasonable cost to users and yet profitable to the operators," Akinjide said.
Earlier, the FCTA Secretary for Transportation, Engr. Jonathan Achara noted that the theme of the retreat explains the resolve and determination of the secretariat towards the realisation of the transportation mandate that will enable economic growth in the FCT.
Achara said that the project, which was initially scheduled to be completed by 2013, will now be completed by 2015.
He revealed that about 500 BRT buses that will be designated various routes in the FCT are in line with the mandate of the transport secretariat to provide "efficient, effective and affordable environmental friendly mass transit devoid of parking hindrance in accordance with the transportation master plan".
National Good Governance Tour: Minister of Information, Labaran Maku with the team taking a look at the architectural sign of the Abuja Light Rail 18 stations
Inspection of the Factory site of the Abuja Light Rail.