chief executive of the Nigerian
Building and Road Research
Institute, NBRRI, Professor
Danladi Slim Matawal has
explained that the nominal value
of activities in the building and
construction industry sector stood
at N456.06 billion in 2011.
Prof. Matawal, who stated this
at the 2016, NBRRI international
conference with the theme:
Repositioning the Nigerian
construction industry, realities and
possibilities said the industry is full
of inherent potentials, such as selfsufficiency
in cement production
that will stabilise the materials
sector and the huge deficit in
physical infrastructure (road, rail,
airport and sea port) and buildings
that will be key to creating
opportunities for sustainable
development and expansion of the
Nigerian economy.
He also averaged the
contribution of the sector to the
economy at N394.67 billion, for
over two decades except in 2014
and emphatically in 2015, due to
transition in governance in the
The NBRRI boss said that the
sector had a rapid and steady
growth over the past two decades
and it also has one of the highest
rates of expansion in any sector of
the Nigerian economy adding that
the present focus of the institute is
to expand the nation’s economy.
He said that with the rising
emphasis and growing interest of
stakeholders on bridging Nigeria’s
infrastructure gap, the future
growth of construction as a tool for
sustainable economic development
is somewhat optimistic, stressing
that major milestones over the
last decade which includes selfsufficiency
in cement production
that guaranties materials price
stability and the growing emphasis
on PPPs to supplement the capital
expenditure in the construction
industry give rise to hope and
He said strong growth and
economic diversification, rapid
urbanization, demographic
and housing demand, increase
capacity in cement production
and PPP in the Nigerian economy
are pointers to the fact that the
construction industry can be
spurred towards sustainable
Speaking in a welcome address,
the permanent secretary of
the Ministry of Science and
Technology, Dr. Habiba Lawal
said the Nigerian construction
industry has been identified as
one of the fastest growing around
the world and to maintain its
imperative performance. “It is
imperative that the industry is
repositioned so that it continues to
compete with its contemporaries
globally as well as explore
the boundless realities and
possibilities of employing local
materials and equipment and
user-friendly techniques that
can be better appreciated by our
Dr Lawal said NBRRI is
saddled with the responsibility
of propagating and regulating
scientific, technological and
innovative advancement of
the nations building and road
construction activities which is
evident in the recent contributions
and breakthrough in R and D
activities and the highly educative
and informative international
conference that have been
organised by the institute in recent
years to address key issues in the
building and road construction

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