The Federal Government has mentioned that personal people can be allowed to construct, function and preserve property on some federal highways which might be accessible for concession.
This follows the receipt of the Outline Business Case Certificate of Compliance by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, to begin the procurement course of for the concession of 12 federal highways.
According to a report by Punch, this varieties a part of the Highway Development and Management Initiative (HDMI), which is proposed by the Federal Government.
What the HDMI doc from the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing is saying
On how the HDMI partnership can be applied, the doc states that the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing mentioned that there have been 2 classes specifically; Value Added Concession and Unbundled Assets Approvals.
In the Value-Added Concession initiative, the ministry acknowledged that the highway pavement and full right-of-way can be on concession for growth and administration by the concessionaire.
The ministry acknowledged, “For the Unbundled Assets Approvals initiative, approvals/permits are issued for particular person property on the right-of-way on a construct, function and or preserve foundation.’’
This initiative implies that people would now be granted permission to develop and preserve property on the economically viable federal highways so as to increase the financial actions on the roads.
The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing acknowledged that the target of each approaches was to supply ample freeway companies via the event of revenue-generating property alongside the highways.
The ministry acknowledged, “This is vital to sustaining the performance of the freeway in addition to partaking and producing wealth for indigenous small and medium enterprises.’’
It additional defined that the concept of the HDMI is the involvement and collaboration with the non-public sector via the concession of economically viable routes to technically and financially succesful non-public corporations whereas including that it could be via the administration and growth of the right-of-way.
On how people and teams may take part, the federal authorities suggested individuals, corporations and teams to kind consortiums of building/highway upkeep corporations, financiers, toll operators, relaxation home operators, promoting corporations, lane marking specialists, refuse managers, amongst others.
The authorities expressed its willpower to make sure that its property have been entrusted into succesful arms.
What you need to know
- It had been earlier reported that the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing had been licensed to begin the concession course of for 12 pilot federal highways.
- The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) had handed over the certificates to the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.
- The concession of the roads can also signify the return of toll gates as concessionaires are anticipated to recoup their investments.
- The 12 Federal Highways that have been slated for concession within the pilot section embody Benin-Asaba, Abuja-Lokoja, Kano-Katsina, Onitsha-Owerri, Shagamu-Benin and Abuja-Keffi-Akwanga.
- Others are Kano-Shuari and Potiskum-Damaturu, Lokoja-Benin, Enugu-Port Harcourt, Ilorin-Jebba, Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta, and Lagos-Badagry-Seme border.
- The Federal Government has additionally revealed that it’s anticipating over N1 trillion investments from the non-public sector for the event and upkeep of the assorted highways earmarked for concessioning underneath the HDMI, which would cut back the monetary burden on the federal government.