Challenges in Implementing Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in Nigeria

Public institutions, some prospective private parties and citizens sector actors have limited  or in some cases  “no knowledge” of effective implementation of PPP projects and its benefits. In many instances this results in unwillingness of; public institutions  to engage the PPP delivery model even when it may  otherwise be viable; private parties to risk the required capital and often the non-government sector in totally rejecting and criticizing deployment of  the PPP model often without giving an effort to evaluate its prospects and the opportunities it presents. Also old negative perceptions of implementation of public works, do not help stakeholder confidence building that some projects may require. Do you know a situation where poor knowledge and negative perceptions have affected a proposed PPP project?

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2 thoughts on “Challenges in Implementing Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in Nigeria

  1. The on-going second Niger Bridge between Asaba Delta State and Onitsha Anambra State. is a PPP Project,so i was made to understand.There has been a very a poor perception of this model,mostly by those around the affected areas,who feel that upon completion,they will now be levied,and toll gates will be re-introduced for the private developer to recoup his expenses and make profit.This was a huge campaign issue and topic of discourse,particularly amongst those from the Eastern end of Nigeria.This perception may if not properly managed by the incoming Government stall the project,as it may be grounded in order to appease some interests,and Government may not be able to forge ahead with it because of dearth of resources.My take is that for such projects,,with sound regulatory framework and strict monitoring by Government to ensure compliance by the private developer,huge progress could be made in a manner that will not be so weary and burdensome to the end-users and beneficiaries.Further,such projects require huge enlightenment campaigns and interface/consultations with Government/developers on one hand and other interests e.g. host communities,professional associations,religious bodies etc on the other hand.This will go a long way in mitigating poor perception and knowledge of laudable projects and schemes which are dead upon conception.

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  2. You are on point. A Project like the Second Nigeria Bridge should have a robust Stakeholder management plan, which should include stakeholder consultation and sensitization on varied issues, indeed project preparation should have included extensive stakeholder consultation and establishment of relationship channels with affected communities. It is sad if this was not done. At this stage I cant agree more that shaping and managing stakeholder expectation is critical given the poor perception of PPPs in Nigeria. Unfortunately we are not left with many different options given dwindling oil revenues and lack of strong alternative sources of government revenue. PPPs are one of the best ways to mobilize and deploy private capital in developing public infrastructure

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