Nigerian landscape is littered with thousands of failed Public Infrastructure
Projects, many of them costing the government billions of naira and denying the
citizenry access to quality infrastructure which is critical for a decent
standard of life. This study was undertaken to assess the rampant failure of
Public Infrastructure Projects in Nigeria, with a view to determining its
causes and effects, and proffering possible solutions to the menace. Findings
from the study revealed ten major causative factors of infrastructure project
failure. The study was conducted using qualitative research-based content
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recommending workable solutions to drastically reduce or completely eliminate
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