Failure of Public Infrastructure Projects in Nigeria: Causes, Effects and Solutions

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJMG.2015.02.02.Art004

Authors : Nnamdi Nweze


The 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 analysis in which information was essentially generated from available literature sourced from reputable publications. The study concluded by recommending workable solutions to drastically reduce or completely eliminate the problem.

Keywords: Project Failure, Public Infrastructure, Project management, Cost and Time Overruns, Contract Procurement.


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