Nigeria is one of the top four leading voices in Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in the 2017 ranking of the World Bank Group (WBG).

Ms Yelena Osipova-Stocker, Communications Officer for Infrastructure, PPPs and Guarantees Group of the WBG, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

She said that 2017 was a busy year in the world of infrastructure and public-private partnerships at the World Bank Group:

Yelena said that Nigeria’s Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) came top four in the Leading voices in the field category .

She said that Nigeria was recognised for being the first country to launch the PPP Contracts Disclosure Web Portal.

Reacting to this, the acting Director-General, ICRC, Mr Chidi Izuwah, said that the portal had improved investor confidence in the country.

He said that within the first 100 days of President Muhammadu Buhari’s
administration, he had earlier stressed his commitment to attracting the private capital and expertise needed to address Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit.

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He said that the president’s commitment led to a renewed engagement between the World Bank Group and Nigeria to enhance the attractiveness of PPP in the country.

Izuwah said that the portal helped to fulfill President Buhari’s goals
of fostering transparency and accountability in PPPs, to attract
the much needed foreign capital and expertise.

He said that this would help scale up Nigeria’s infrastructure development through PPPs and promote sustainable growth and development.

“One major PPP transparency initiative is the study conducted by the World Bank Group’s PPP team between September 2016 and April 2017, using the Framework for Disclosure in PPPs.

” The team came up with a PPP Disclosure Diagnostic Report for Nigeria that examined the political, legal and institutional environment for disclosure of PPPs,” he said.

Izuwah said that the report made specific recommendations to improve disclosure in Nigeria by creating an enhanced framework for the scheme, applicable to all Federal Government PPP contracts.

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On Sept. 22, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo launched the portal, sponsored by the World Bank and the ICRC.

The portal encourages proactive disclosure of contract agreement between the government and its contractors on PPP projects.

It was expected to provide information to citizens and relevant stakeholders such as contract title, supervising government agency, name of private concessionaire, contract sum and regular progress report on projects.

It is part of measures introduced by the present administration to ensure greater transparency and openness in all areas
of governance in Nigeria.