WHAT TO LOOK FOR BEFORE YOU SHOOT FOR A PPP (PRIVATE PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP) IN AFRICA: TIPS ON NIGERIA (2)
PPPs (Public Private Partnerships)- a type of arrangement between governments and private companies to finance, design, construct and run infrastructure projects; are a growing fashion in Sub Saharan countries like Nigeria.
Here are a few tips on what to look out for before you say “I do” to a Public Private Partnership in Nigeria:
IKnow your “Government” Partner
A popular saying in Nigeria is “government business is nobody’s business”. However, in reality, just like everyone, governments do have a face, personality and attitude. These are areas you can look out for to know how a government may act up in a PPP.
#Respect for due process: Will a government allow best PM practices to be carried out without playing the Godfather or interfering
#Integrity: Does this authority keep her words
#Rule of law: Does the government in question respect binding agreements, court orders?
#A Human face: Does the government have any records of violating human rights?
The government you are planning to partner in a PPP can treat you in similar or worse ways they treat others!
2Where to look?
The platforms listed below, provide up to date information on governance, performance of PPP projects, human rights and due process in Nigeria. This is just for guideline; you can expand your facts checking/due diligence using ideas from them:
The official web portal of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission provides updated information on the life cycle and peformance of PPPs in Nigeria.
One of the leading platforms for investigative reporting in Nigeria, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting gives well rounded coverage and reviews of the social impact and performance of projects in Nigeria.
The World Bank PPP Blog offers diverse opinion and analysis of Public-Private Partnerships in various economies including Nigeria.
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