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Ateloye, A, Bowles, G and Oyegoke, A (2016) Private Sector Participation in Nigeria Higher Education Infrastructure Development. In: Chan, P W and Neilson, C J (Eds.), Proceedings 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference, 5-7 September 2016, Manchester UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 921–929.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: governance, higher education, partnering, procurement, stakeholders.
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9955463-0-1
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/2025ab49c6a963dbd3dccf43fb68a54b.pdf
  • Abstract:

    Public Private Partnership (PPP) procurement was introduced with the aim of increasing the capacity and quality of public services across the globe. Whilst the PPP sector is now established and mature in many countries, realising the objectives of PPP has eluded many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa including Nigeria where the level of private sector participation in infrastructure provision remains low particularly in the Higher Education Infrastructure sector. This study evaluates the challenges associated with PPP/PFI procurement process by exploring reasons for low participation in the Nigerian HE sector. Data were gathered and analysed qualitatively through a semi-structured interview research method involving the range of stakeholders including representatives of Higher Education Institutions, Federal Government Agencies, Private Sector Developers and Funding Bodies. The data was analysed using thematic framework Analysis and the results indicate that the private sector is reluctant to engage in partnerships with the public sector owing to governance challenges, integrity issues, inappropriate profit-sharing and financing formulas, as well as stakeholders challenges. The study concludes that governments must accelerate the formulation of clear regulations regarding public private partnerships, and have the political will to implement strict infrastructure projects, governance systems and procedures that minimise corruption, mistrust and misappropriation of projects funds in order to harness private sector participation in infrastructure provision.