ICRC advocates use of PPP in healthcare delivery
The Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Mr. Chidi Izuwah has called for the use of Public Private Partnership in the deployment of primary healthcare services across the country. Izuwah said this on Tuesday in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha.
He said that through the use of PPP, the government could deliver top notch medical services to the rural areas by establishing mobile clinics. According to him, the clinics with specialised doctors can be used to cater for up to 150 people in rural areas per day. Speaking on some ongoing PPP projects in the country, Izuwah said that the National Theatre would soon be transformed into a national entertainment centre, adding that the nation stood to gain tremendously from the concession. He said that the annual concession fee of the theatre was N3.7 billion, while the value of its land stood at N6 billion. “However, the project continues to await approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). I wish to solicit the support of the SGF in ensuring prompt attention on the National Theatre project. “ICRC will also want the cooperation of the SGF in establishing A Special Concession Account to help in tracking all revenues accruable to the country from PPP,’’ he said.
Responding, the SGF thanked the ICRC team for the very engaging and informative briefing session, assuring the delegation of the continued support of his office toward the ICRC. Mustapha said that the present administration had spent more in terms of budgetary allocation on infrastructure since the return of democracy in the country. He stressed the need for agencies and institutions to develop its governance structures to attract private investments. Mustapha decried the arbitrary cancellation of contracts, saying that it does not encourage new investment.