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Austria eyes partnership with Nigeria on transportation infrastructure

Mr Ohiani assured the team of the commission’s commitment in public-private partnerships.

• November 30, 2023
Austrian Ambassador to Nigeria, Thomas Schlesinger.
Austrian Ambassador to Nigeria, Thomas Schlesinger.

The Government of Austria has sought partnership with the Federal Government in the provision of transportation infrastructure and other areas of public-private partnerships.

This is contained in a statement signed by acting Head, Media and Publicity, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Manji Yarling, in Abuja on Wednesday.

Ms Yarling said the partnership was sought when the Austrian Ambassador to Nigeria, Thomas Schlesinger, paid a courtesy visit to the Director-General, ICRC, Michael Ohiani, and the commission’s management team.

She said the envoy was accompanied by Gerd Grobminger, VP, Global Sales Operations, Kapsch TrafficCom, an Austrian company interested in PPP Projects in the transportation sector.

Ms Yarling said the company had extensive experience in successfully handling various transport-related projects in countries such as South Africa, Germany, and Italy.

Mr Ohiani while welcoming the delegation informed them that the commission was the body statutorily responsible for regulating PPP endeavours of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The director-general hinted the team about the status of certain PPP Projects in the transportation sector. Mr Ohiani said that the Highway Development and Management Initiative project with its first phase comprising nine road corridors had signed agreements with their preferred bidders and was awaiting financial close.

He added that the Central Clearing House project was at the stage of procuring a preferred bidder from a short list.

Mr Ohiani assured the team of the commitment of the commission in providing effective regulation that will ensure successful PPP projects in Nigeria.

(NAN)

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