Posted by News Express | 20 July 2017 | 1,894 times
In a bid to improve transparency and accountability in contracts entered into by public and private enterprises in the country, the Federal Government says it will launch a contract disclosure web portal.
The Acting Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Mr Chidi Izuwah said on Wednesday in Abuja at a Public Private Partnership (PPP) training workshop organised by the World Bank, that both bodies had been working together to ensure more openness and transparency in PPPs in Nigeria.
To this end, stakeholder engagements had taken place and an improved PPP Disclosure Framework developed with the input and buy-in of Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
There are currently 51 ongoing PPP projects entered into by the Federal Government, cutting across all sectors and 77 pipeline projects which the public may not be aware of.
Izuwah said that the website was set to launch at the end of August 2017 and that all Federal Government’s MDAs were expected to disclose fully all their PPP contracts.
“This disclosure initiative is designed to ensure that all non-confidential information relating to PPP contracts, both pre and post-contract information, are made available and easily accessible to members of the public.
“The disclosure is expected to bring improvement and engender confidence in PPP contract transactions in Nigeria.
“It is also hoped that Nigerians, through the disclosure, will be better educated and informed on the salient features of PPP contracts.
“This includes agreed standards of service, scope of work, parties to the contract, general overview of the project, social and economic benefits of the project, as well as risk allocation and the actual performance levels achieved,” he further said.
Izuwah explained that the portal was not just directed for local use, but would also serve to encourage foreign direct investments into the country.
He said also that the new process would ensure that contractors keep their own side of the bargain.
The Senior Consultant on Public Private Partnerships, World Bank Group, Mr Prashant Sharma said the bank was assisting Nigeria, Kenya, Honduras and Ghana to develop a PPP Contract Information Disclosure website.
He said this would improve transparency in the procurement process and when the website goes live in August, Nigeria would be the leading country in the world in transparency and accountability in PPP contracts.
“We have been working with the ICRC over the last one year to develop an organised platform to actually deliver information and disclose information about public private partnership.
“To create a platform through which all relevant information, useful for the public to know more about public private partnerships are made public in a organised and systemised way.”
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