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President Tinubu launches Renewed Hope Infrastructure Development Fund to address Nigeria’s $25bn annual gap

New Initiative Aims to Bridge Nation's Infrastructure Deficit

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President Bola Tinubu has greenlit the establishment of the Renewed Hope Infrastructure Development Fund, aimed at addressing Nigeria’s staggering $25 billion annual infrastructure funding gap. The initiative, announced by Minister of Information and National Orientation Mohammed Idris after the Federal Executive Council meeting, seeks to bolster critical sectors such as road, rail, agriculture, ports, and aviation.

Highlighting the pressing need to bridge Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit, Idris underscored the government’s commitment to the new fund, emphasizing its pivotal role in driving economic growth and development. According to projections, Nigeria requires approximately $878 billion from 2016 to 2040 to address its infrastructure shortfall, translating to an annual requirement of $25 billion.

Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service Zacch Adedeji provided further insights into the fund’s strategic focus, emphasizing its potential to serve as a transformative solution to Nigeria’s infrastructure challenges. He outlined key priorities, including road and rail infrastructure, agricultural development, port revitalization, and aviation enhancement, underscoring the fund’s multifaceted approach to infrastructure development.

The Presidency outlined four core objectives of the Renewed Hope Infrastructure Development Fund, emphasizing its role in promoting economic growth, fostering local value-addition, creating employment opportunities, and driving technological innovation and exports. Key strategies include attracting capital investment, executing strategic infrastructure projects, and ensuring optimal financing arrangements to maximize long-term outcomes.

In the realm of agricultural infrastructure and food security, the fund aims to establish robust networks, including national food storage facilities, integrated irrigation systems, and enhanced agricultural logistics. Similarly, port revitalization efforts aim to modernize facilities, streamline operations, and position Nigeria as a regional trade hub.

As Nigeria navigates its infrastructure challenges, the launch of the Renewed Hope Infrastructure Development Fund signals a significant step towards addressing critical gaps and driving sustainable economic growth. With a comprehensive approach and strategic objectives, the fund is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping Nigeria’s infrastructure landscape for years to come.

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