The Director General, Plateau State Infrastructure Promotion and Regulatory Agency, Felix Rwang-Dung has called on the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to support the move to upgrade the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Jos into an International Cargo and Agro-allied Airport.
He made the call on Friday when he visited the DG of ICRC, Michael Ohiani to intimate him on the progress recorded so far in the Plateau state PPP Agency.
Rwang-Dung who is also the Chairman of the Partnership and Resource Mobilisation Committee of the Africa Public Private Partnership Network (AP3N), used the opportunity to receive his letter of appointment from Ohiani who is the Co-President of the Network.
He said that the visit was an opportunity to work with the ICRC and take advantage of resources that can be provided in order establish an effective PPP agency covering various sectors.
On the upgrade of the Jos Airport, he said that the support of the ICRC would be required to advance the airport so that it can become attractive for private investment participation.
“We are confident that with your distinguished leadership and the ICRC team’s guidance and support. we can establish a successful model sub-National PPP agency for attracting private sector investments for developmental growth in Plateau Stale.
We believe that the following areas of support from the ICRC will be vital for ensuring that we get the optimum results for Plateau State PPP project,” he said.
Some of the areas which he itemized include: technical assistance, capacity building stakeholders mapping as well as introduction to investment communities.
On technical assistance, he said that the ICRC can aid the agency in establishing and developing its regulatory policy, contract and risk templates and frameworks. .
For support in capacity building, he appealed to the Commission to sponsor capacity building programs for several members of the team and key civil servants on site that can enhance the knowledge and skills of our staff and key government MDAs.
On stakeholder: mapping, engagement and communication strategy, he sought the guidance of the ICRC to provide guidance and support on stakeholder engagement strategies which is a critical element towards ensuring the success of any future PPP projects.
He expressed optimism that the ICRC will accede to its requests.
On his part, the ICRC DG while presenting the certificate, assured the Jos PPP Agency’s boss of the support of the Commission.
Others present at the event include: AP3N Regional Coordinator for Central Africa, Barr. Femi Pat-Natson, Regional Coordinator for West Africa, Mrs Ijeoma Ogoke and Coordinator and Knowledge Management Officer for Nigeria, Mr Sofela P. O.
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