The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has said it is readily available to assist sub-national states and the Federal Capital Territory to take on viable infrastructure projects using public private partnerships (PPP).
Director-general of ICRC Michael Ohiani disclosed this on Tuesday when he received a delegation of Media Trust Group led by its Group chief executive office, Mounir Gwarzo on courtesy visit to his office.
Ohiani told the delegation that some states were already taking on PPP projects through the assistance of the ICRC.
He said although the Act establishing the commission only confers on it regulatory functions for federal government projects, the ICRC has set up a peer review mechanism to assist states in ensuring that their PPP projects are in line with best practices through the establishment of the Nigerian Public Private Partnership Network (NPPPN) in collaboration with the Nigerian Governors Forum.
He stated that there were also some projects that were on the exclusive legislative list, for example Deep Seaports, Rails, Airports among others and that if a state government wants to go into such investment opportunities, they will have to follow ICRC’s guidelines and regulations.
“Also going by the Fiscal Responsibility Act and the Act of the Debt Management Office, if a state government wants guarantee or a foreign loan to support such project, they will have to recourse to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to give a ‘No Objection’ before such loans or guarantee can be given,” Ohiani said in a statement that was issued by acting head, media and publicity of the commission, Manji Yarling.
He stated that between 2010 and 2021 through ICRC’s regulatory oversight, the federal government had approved PPP projects worth about 9bn dollars.
He added that that the commission had midwifed many laudable projects which will go a long way to bridge the infrastructure gap in Nigeria including the Lekki Deep Sea Port which was currently at 98.07 percent completion, the Nigerian Air project which will fly before the end of the current administration, as well as upgrade of four major international in Nigeria, among others.
On his part, Mr Gwarzo said ICRC’s role in infrastructure development which is a major achievement of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari deserves commendation.
He said that there was need for the commission to partner Media Trust Group to ensure that the laudable contribution to infrastructure development reaches more Nigerians.