14 articles in Nigeria
The policy thrust in the Nigerian infrastructure sector is now heavily geared towards PPPs, following a presidential water summit earlier this year.
Nigeria’s most populous state has stepped up efforts to boost private sector participation in its water supply infrastructure. Group managing director Shayo Holloway outlines his plans to GWI.
Rampant population growth and urbanisation have forced the authorities in Lagos to seek private finance to construct a series of drinking water plants. Implementing tariff reform will be more difficult.
Public-private partnerships seem to be making headway in various markets around the world. In the US, legislation to lift the cap on private activity bonds for water projects is moving ahead smoothly.
The British contractor is late delivering a vital project for the capital, Abuja.
Despite an unpleasant experience in Tanzania, Biwater still has an appetite for African risk. It has just signed a £57 million deal in Nigeria.
Saudi Arabia: The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) and Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) invited international developers to submit expressions of interest for the Kingdom’s first IWPP at Shoaiba, 120km south of Jeddah (see tracker).
But it’s still an uphill struggle in Lagos.
The tender process for the contract to run water services for the Lagos State Water Corporation (LSWC) is starting to trigger interest in the Nigerian water sector as a whole. A federal bill permitting widespread private involvement in the sector is completing its passage through the legislature and a series of other contracts may follow the Lagos concession. However, any foreign private companies interested in Nigeria will face a multitude of challenges as well as opportunities.
We start this month with some good news from Nigeria. After several false starts, Lagos state appears ready to put out the tender documents for two concession contracts. The concessions will be for the Lagos East and Lagos West areas.