The Infrastructure Concession and Registration Commission under the leadership of Engineer Chidi K. C. Izuwah, has issued a full business case (FBC) compliance certificate to the Nigeria Correctional Service to establish two factories in Aba (garment and shoe) and one factory in Kano State (tannery) under a public private partnership, PPP, a move that is bringing as much as 5.1 billion Naira investment into the economy of Nigeria.
“I have worked very closely with all the CGs of the Nigerian Prisons Service (Nigerian Correctional Service) for the past twelve years, and I have not seen one like you. I am not saying this because you are here…”, Engineer Izuwah stated at the onset of his speech during the official presentation of the certificate. The CEO and Director General of the ICRC, commended the efforts of all the staff and officials of the Nigeria Correctional Service for embarking on this admirable project, and said he is positive that this will mark the revitalization of the shoe and garment industry of the country. He said that the value chains of the economic activities that will be involved with these factories will offer lots of employment opportunities and markets from farmers of cotton down to traders in hides.
The Comptroller General of the Correctional Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed, stated that the Service has a lot to gain through involving private investment. He said the aim is to engage the prisoners in a way that they will be seen in more positive light by the society. He said that this is just the beginning as there are also vast opportunities in farming, and he has personally discussed the idea of a rice farm in Kebbi, with the government of Kebbi State, his state of origin. He said that the Correctional Service has lots of land in many places in Nigeria which can be converted for economic purposes, and his regime is working hard in that direction.
The Infrastructure Concession and Registration Commission is under the Presidency. It was established in November, 2008. It has been in the forefront of most of the PPP arrangement behind most of the Federal Government’s developmental projects, including Gurara 1 Multi-Purpose Dam, Kaduna State. This involves the Operations and Maintenance of 30MW hydroelectric power from Gurara 1 multi-purpose dam, Kaduna State. The construction has been completed, while the evacuation facilities are at advanced stage; Onitsha River Port Concession (Solicited Proposal): The FGN adopted PPP arrangements to develop four river ports in the Lower Niger, namely: Onitsha, Lokoja, Baro and, Oguta River Ports. Onitsha River Port was selected as the pilot case. The World Bank is sponsoring the project development and procurement phases for the Inland Port Concession. Negotiations with preferred bidder (Universal Elysium Consortium) concluded. Next step is submission of FBC to ICRC for review; and a host of other projects.