A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Maintenance and Protection of Infrastructure Initiative (MPII) has called on the Federal Government to ensure routine maintenance and protection of public infrastructure across the country.
MPII Executive Director, Mr Olusegun Aremu, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Aremu said that if government gives priority to the maintenance of public infrastructure, the nation can derive maximum value from it.
“Protecting our public property and infrastructure is a task that must be taken seriously if we must enter the league of truly developing or developed countries.
“Our orientation must change, we need marathon attitudinal change in this country to make the desired impact,” he said.
Aremu, who is also MPII President called on the National Orientation Agency (NOA) at state and Local Government levels to step up campaigns on the need for Nigerians to protect public infrastructure.
“It is the duty of all of us to report to the appropriate quarters destructions of any of our public properties and where such property are being defaced or going bad.
“It s our responsibility as patriotic Nigerians to report to the appropriate authorities,” he said.
The MPII boss commended the federal government and relevant agencies for the proactive repairs on the 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos.
He emphasised the need to fast track the repairs, while scaling up repairs and maintenance of all other strategic roads and infrastructure in the country.
Source: News Agency of Nigeria