ICRC partners with BPP and seeks private funding for infrastructure development

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Director General of the Infrastructure Concessions Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Michael Ohiani, has sought the partnership of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) in infrastructure development using private sector finance.

Ohiani, who led a team of ICRC executives on a courtesy visit to the DG of BPP, Mr. Mamman Ahmadu, said that due to the strategic importance of the two agencies, there is a need to deepen the collaboration.

In a statement signed by Ag. Patrick Ederaro, head of media and publicity, said the BPP had been a huge contributor to the work of the ICRC over the years, adding that deeper collaboration would bring more efficiency in carrying out public-private partnership (PPP) projects.

“Given the strategic position your organization occupies in the Nigerian economy and considering that we are also a public procurement regulator, we have decided to pay a courtesy call and see how we can collaborate further.

“We are also here because of the need for both agencies to have synergy. Yes, we already have an existing collaboration, but we want to deepen it and leverage our team of experts,” he said.

He took the opportunity to intimidate the boss of the BPP who is a former lecturer on the existence of a training school set up by the ICRC, stressing that the school could benefit from his vast experience.

For his part, Ahmadu said there was a need for collaboration between the two agencies.

“We do exactly the same thing, except for the method and the financing line. If the funding comes from public resources, it comes to BPP, if the funding comes from the private sector, it comes to the ICRC.

“The evaluation methods are different but they are fundamentally the same. We try to provide services through projects in the country,” he said.

He said Nigeria’s current problems cannot be solved without referring to history, emphasizing that history provides a platform to examine where you come from and plan for the future.

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