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With successful PPP in place, Kogi would not have to rely on budgetary provisions to do many things’

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‘With successful PPP in place, Kogi would not have to rely on budgetary provisions to do many things’

By John Akubo,

The director General of Kogi State Bureau for Public Private Partnership (PPP) Roberts Moses Achanya is passionate about the prospects of the Bureau to upping the ante in changing the tide in the economy of the State. He spoke exclusively with the Guardian in Lokoja

Brief introduction
Kogi State Bureau for Public Private partnership established on the 14th of March 2016 by the Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello the executive Governor of Kogi State who assumed office on the 27th of January 2016
Before there was a transition arrangement that understudied the previous Government of Governor Idris Wada to be able to situate the circumstance of Kogi in the development ladder. And having put all these together the transition team did recommend that private sector was going to be heavily relied upon in order to achieve the lofty development objectives of the incoming Government. What the Governor did was to scan through the books and in scanning through he found out that the outgoing administration had actually embarked on a process of taking to the public private partnership paradigm but unfortunately it was not possible to do that before the exit of the Wada administration.
However before the exit the administration had pursued the legislation to give comfort to the private sector and that gave birth to the Kogi State Public Private Partnerships law which actually enable private sector participation in the economy of the State.
Following the recommendation of the transition committee Governor Yahaya Bello decided immediately on assumption of office in January, to establish the Bureau and by March 14th he announced the establishment of the bureau for Public Private Partnership (PPP) office in Kogi State to warehouse all the issues concerning the procurement, initiation, development, planning, advising Government and the MDAs on issues concerning PPP in the State. He went ahead to appoint a substantive Director General.

How do you perceive your appointment as the director General?

I am humbled by the appointment because I would say it is the first time that an appointment would be announced without somebody patronizing the administration. Though I would have been highly recommended but I did not see Governor before prior and after his inauguration and assumption of office as Governor to have lobbied for the job.
I am humbled because I did not know I could get to this position in the State and going by what we are seeing that he has brought equity to bare not minding where you come from, his chief of staff is from Kogi East and I am from Kogi East. There are other better qualified persons but he chose that I should establish the office. I am deeply, and eternally grateful to him.

What is your commitment to the bureau?

The promise is that we are going to deliver on the infrastructure plan.
Now having established the office, what comes to mind is institutionalizing the office and ensuring that it delivers on its mandate and the mandate as I mentioned earlier amongst others involves being the main advisory point for the administration on every issue that concerns PPP. We have done that and have so far established a five directorate structure in the State comprising of these legal department, risk and finance department, we also have the communications and the IT department, we have a department of infrastructure and development and the administrations department. There are other sub departments. We have a core team of consultants that we work with on issues; transactions, advisory, development studies and all the line. So far I think PPP is firmly rooted in the State. It is delivering on a number of promises that have been made by the Governor during his campaign period and I trust with the kind of support that the bureau is getting in the next one to two years we are going to get a number of landmark

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Association for the Support of Urban Poor (FEDUP) has promised to deliver affordable housing for its members.
A new board was constituted after the last management was accused of embezzling over N200m for which the matter is in court.

Secretary of the association Mr. Yusuf Edego said the association is building confidence and credibility after the mismanagement that affected its clients.

He stated this yesterday in Abuja during a press briefing to let the public know the association’s effort in giving the group a new image.

Edego said with what the new management team has put on ground they believe their members and the general public will have confidence in the new team to deliver affordable housing for them.

“By a persons impact, performance, character and sincerity as well as walking the talk, with time people will see that the project is a reality”

He said the major problem as a people is lack of sincerity and that once people see that a person is sincere they will trust him to deliver.

“The major problem bedevilling the country is integrity. Many people especially in property development, more than 60% collect money from people and the public generally yet there is nothing on ground to show for it.
“That is why we removed the former executive members and then came up with elected people of integrity.
“Our chairman is a paramount ruler of impeccable integrity. I am a legal practitioner I have my law firm at Jennifer plaza Central area.
“So you have people with verifiable address. We are people that people can enquire and link up with our character.  “They know that for our records we are people of integrity and we are sure that by God’s grace they will not be disappointed”

On how he thinks people will have confidence in the association after the dent on its integrity he said it is the reason for the press conference. “Before we came we have one or two projects on ground that are verifiable that has been executed by the new executive.
“We have acquired twelve hectares at Kurudu that you can verify which you can buy and build your own house.
“Also the public can go to FCDA at the SDD department and meet the director that FEDUP claim they are in partnership with them to build about 167 housing units at Kuje.
“They are verifiable. Then the issue of 30 hectares we just acquired is still in process.
“We have the Family homes Fund which is an agency established by the Federal Government for provision of Social Houses for Nigerians so we are partnering with them by the grace of God they have agreed to sponsor the 30 hectares for the general Public

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The African Economic Congress (AEC) has opened a portal to select credible entrepreneurs through its African Startup Challenge.

Mrs Nancy Illoh-Nnaji, Chief Executive Officer of the congress made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

Illoh-Nnaji explained that African Start-up Challenge was an entrepreneurship sustenance body of the Economic Congress tasked with discussing business development issues relating to
startups and small enterprises.

She said the start-up was introduced to build jobs and boost livelihoods in Africa and it also sought to infuse a culture of creativity and foster innovations.

According to her, the expected outcome
of the competition is to select winning ideas that can lead to new products,
programmes, projects and processes.

She added that this development would also help to engage young entrepreneurs eager to tackle the challenges they faced as well as global challenges through “smart solutions” that transform the economy of Africa and the world.

She said the annual competition would highlight Innovation, Technology and Originality in African Entrepreneurs.

The AEC boss noted that application had opened on October 4, and would close Oct 21, urging interested applicants to draft a short summary of startup ideas,
detailing plans on profitability and apply through startup@aecongress.org.

Meanwhile, Illoh-Nnaji disclosed that
more than 1,000 participants from all over Africa would be at African Economic Congress (AEC) from November 2 to 4 which would be held through televised virtual congress.

It will be recalled that, AEC held its maiden congress in 2019 in Abuja, Nigeria with participants drawn across the Africa continent. (NAN)

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Buhari reviews fertilizer price downwards

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The price of fertiliser has been reviewed downwards from N5,500 to N5,000 per bag as ordered by President muhammadu Buhari.

This is inline with the Buhari administration policy of encouraging the populace to return to the farms.

The Food Security Council made the disclosure while briefing reporters at the end of the body’s meeting presided over by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, yesterday in Abuja.
Vice Chairman of the council and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu,
said the decision followed nomaliasation of production of the commodity since the reopening of Indorama plant in Rivers State shut after the COVID-19 pandemic claimed some lives.
Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State, who represents the North West in the council, said the council observed that the bulk purchase for palliatives was one of the factors that trigged increase in prices of foods nationwide.
He therefore, expressed confidence that the situation would normalise after the harvest season.

Badaru made the observation while addressing the media alongside his Plateau counterpart and representative of North central, Simon Lalong, the Jigawa chief executive said the trio of Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID), federal and state governments were involved in the mass buying as part of measures to mitigate the adverse effects of the disease.

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