Maritime: Jime  Calls  For Promotion Of PPP,To Boost  Nigerian Infrastructural Development

By Stephen Ubanna

 Emmanuel Jime, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC,  appears  to have taken advantage of the   third quarter 2022, Public-Private sector Partnership , PPP, Forum,  held in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, recently,   to advocate for ‘’ promotion  of the PPP, arrangement,  to boost the nation’s infrastructural development’’.

The PPP, quarly  Forum, in the FCT,  was said to have been attended   by Michael Ohiani, Director General,  Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC,  Farouk Yabo, , Permanent Secretary, office of Head of Service of the Federation,  HCSF,  Mustapha Zubairu, Deputy Director, PPP,  and other  Representatives  of PPP  of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.

Ohiani: DG, ICRC

Jime, the NSC, Chief Executive Secretary, who could not hide his feelings at the Forum, had said  that ‘’the introduction of  the PPP, quarterly Forum,  has contributed immensely  towards  the nation’s capacity building, knowledge sharing and networking among the MDAs’’. The NSC, Chief Executive Officer, CEO, would want Nigerians to see the PPP arrangement, as a ‘’development tool and not just a procurement option’’.

In making the suggestions, he may have had at the back of his mind that going by its nature ‘’it should be able to exponentially increase the country’s infrastructure stock, which is a measure of enabler for economic growth and development’’.

 The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, had reported that the NSC boss emphasized at the PPP Forum, that ‘’environmental, social and governance, need to be given special attention’’, noting that’’ this is a very Fundamental Concept in the PPP implementation the world –over’’.

According to him,  PPP, is an  evolving  alternative  funding  arrangement  for any government project  that requires periodic updates in terms of ‘’regulatory Framework,  governance, capacity building in both  public and private sectors of the economy   that must be promoted if this  endeavor  is to be sustained’’.He noted that there is need for the ICRC, and the Head of Service of the Federation, to be at the forefront of this all- important innovation  to succeed without any hitch.

Jime, had told the participants at the PPP Forum,  that the NSC, on its own  had recently delivered two key maritime projects  projects, ‘’the Kaduna and Kano Inland port , through the PPP arrangement , which  was said to have started yielding result to  stakeholders in the north western geopolitical region.

The ancient city of Kano, Inland port,that was said to have been  declared as a port of origin  and destination on Saturday, August 5, 2022, according to an industry stakeholder , signals the commencement  of the operations of the project in the region.

 Given an insider information, Jime had said  that the Council in conjunction  with other  industry stakeholders  have been able  ‘’to develop vehicle areas, for imported through the nation’s port of Tincan Iland and Port Multi-services Terminal Limited, PTML, which have RORO, facilities, policy framework and implementation guidelines’’ to facilitate the clearing process.

This was said to have been submitted to the National Council of Transportation in September 2021, during the Administration of Rotimi Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers state and the then minister of Transportation.   Muazu Jaji Sambo, a Kaduna state born Technocrat and former General Manager, Nigerian Inland Waters Authority, NIWA, Lagos Zone and now the new minister of Transportation, may have inherited   the policy frameworkand implementation guidelines for the NSC, newly developed Transit vehicle areas in Kano Inland port, expected to work on it before taking it to the Federal Executive Council, FEC, for final approval and implantation.

Mrs. Abidemi Emmanuel,  an Assistant Director, in the ministry of  Finance, Budget and National Planning,  who was said to have represented Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, the minster,  at the PPP, quarterly  PPP,Forum, in Abuja,  may have spoken the minister’s mind when  she revealed that the ministry was yet  ‘’to unlock  PPP potential  in spite of  the successes  recorded so far with it  in different parts of the country’’. She  averred that  that  all PPP infrastructure projects, irrespective  of how they  are procured,  managed or financed,  generate  some forms of  liabilities  in future which  needed be tackled before going ahead with it.

Mrs. Emmanuel, the   minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Representatives,  had said that  the PPP, liabilities are considered  to be contingent  liabilities  that parties involved in the deal  needed to prepare for them, because they are  to determine  the country’s macro- -economic policies or cause  significant  economic   harm, if they fail  deliberately to prepare  for the contingencies.

 Ohiani,   Director General, ICRC, may have gladdened the heart of participants at the PPP quarterly Forum, when he disclosed that a lot had been achieved   by the country through the PPP, stressing that more are still going to be achieved in the future.

NIMASA Modular: Privatised Under PPP Basis

  He is right.  The N50 billion  floating dock  which was said  to have been acquired  by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, in 2016  from Damen Shipyard,  Netherlands, was said to have been  privatized at the instance of the Federal government, under the  PPP basis, between the Bashir Jamoh led agency, Nigerian Ports Authority , NPA, under the close watch of Mohammed Bello- Koko and a Dubai ,  United Arab Emirate , UAE, based company , which will serve as the Managing [partner.

Already, Ohiani, ICRC, boss,,has issued Jamoh led NMASA, the first Certificate  to facilitate the  hand of the floating dock to the Dubai managing partner under the PPP arrangement. The ICRC, Director General, in midwifing the privatization of the NIMASA Floating dock had said that ‘’it is bankable and profitable’’,  which may have encouraged the maritime regulatory agency  to go ahead  to conclude arrangement to   hand over the dock  to  a private company from Dubai, UAE,  as the managing partner  under PPP basis .       

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