Experts that converged on Lagos for this year’s International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa (ICIDA) have lamented lack of fundamental infrastructure development and management issues in the African continent, saying adequate infrastructure is crucial to Africa’s long-term growth.
In his address at the ICIDA seventh conference held at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Lagos, the Chairman, ICIDA 2018, Obuks Ejohwimu expressed the need to deeply find a solution to Africa’s infrastructure , noting that it is either at risk or not fit for purpose.
Also speaking Laspotech Rector, Samuel Sogunro, said that physical infrastructure covering transportation, power and communication through backward and forward linkages facilitate growth, while social infrastructure including water supply, sanitation, sewage disposal, education and health which are in the nature of primary services have direct impacts on the quality of life.
He said , “Without infrastructure, Africa will not achieve the growth level expected or requested. Infrastructure planning and investment are therefore critical if Africa’s huge economic development potentials are to be realised.
Shogunro added that, fixing the problem of infrastructure complexity in Africa is to address the void of fundamental infrastructure development and management issues.
According to him, “One of the Africa’s top developmental challenges continues to be the shortage of physical infrastructure.
Therefore if Africa must maintain its status as one of the fastest growing economic hub, meeting the demand for key infrastructure must be identified as a priority.
“Our major problems in Africa are not restricted to technical but managerial, political, cultural and also due to lack of adequate infrastructure, hence, Africa needs to find its own solutions to local problems, seizing the opportunities of information and communication technology.”