You may recall that on 25th February 2018, I approved the establishment of a Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund, through which the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority is investing...
... in critical Roads and Power Projects nationwide such as the 2nd Niger Bridge, Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, East-West Road, Abuja – Kano Road, and the Mambila Hydroelectric Power Project.
PIDF is a 2.5 Trillion Naira initiative, being funded by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Dividend Account, the Federal Budget, as well as counterpart funds from China Exim Bank, China Development Bank, and other development partners.
The 100 Billion Naira raised by the Debt Management Office through the Sukuk issuance in September 2017 has been fully deployed by the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing for 25 critical economic road projects located across each of the six Geo-political Zones.
Furthermore, in December 2018 we raised an additional 100 Billion Naira for funding of another set of 28 road projects, also spread across the six Geo-Political Zones.
Through these innovative funding mechanisms, we have been able to address the challenges of project funding, cost variation and completion risks that have plagued the development of Nigeria’s critical roads infrastructure assets.
The Executive Order 7 I signed today marks another milestone in changing the narrative that has dogged past efforts at developing critical roads infrastructure nationwide.
With this Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme, 19 Eligible Road Projects are to be undertaken by 6 leading manufacturing and construction firms, located in 11 States, and in each of the six Geo-political Zones.
Through this Scheme, companies that are willing and able to spend their own funds on constructing roads to their factories or farms, will recover their construction costs by paying reduced taxes, over a period of time. We shall ensure complete transparency in these set-offs.
I call on other local and international investors, as well as State Govts, to embrace this roads infrastructure development Scheme. I personally invite you to submit viable proposals for more road projects, such that,in time, the scope of this initiative will cover all 36 States.
I note the prudent fiscal risk management measures which the Minister of Finance has adopted to protect the integrity of this programme.
The Minister has submitted to me, a Fiscal Implications Report that indicates how the programme’s tax credits are to be administered in a manner that does not impair our revenue projections.
The Minister has also laid out a set of revenue enhancement and other fiscal measures, which are targeted to increase revenues over the medium-term horizon, in line with the Strategic Revenue Growth Initiatives programme, which she launched here in Abuja, on January 23, 2019.
I have charged the Minister of Finance to ensure that the Management Committee, which is saddled with the responsibility of implementing this roads infrastructure development Scheme, is promptly inaugurated, so as to enable swift and smooth take-off.
I trust that the members of the Management Committee, under the leadership of the Minister of Finance, as well as the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, will discharge their duties in a diligent, responsible and patriotic way.
Let me express my gratitude to the participating Investors for their commitment to working with this Administration to develop and deliver critical roads infrastructure, in key economic hubs and industrial centers.
I also thank the 11 State Governors, and their States, for their willingness to participate in the Pilot Phase of this programme.
I also thank Nigerians for the confidence reposed in our Administration’s strategy, under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, to ensure sustainable, inclusive and diversified growth, as well as to guarantee the socio-economic development of the nation.
We trust that as we shortly go to the polls, the Nigerian people will revalidate our mandate to continue to deliver on economic prosperity, national security and good governance, devoid of corruption.
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