Delivering municipal services through effective procurement of local infrastructure

Whilst the provision of municipal services is crucial to the attainment of development goals, especially livelihood and wellbeing of urban populations and communities, it is dependent on the effective procurement of critical infrastructure such as water and waste (solid and liquid) treatment and distribution systems, power generation and distribution systems, transport networks (e.g. roads), health infrastructure (e.g. hospitals and clinics), and educational infrastructure (e.g. schools). 

In Nigeria, there is a deficit in the quantity of these infrastructures and their procurement is further beset by several challenges, prominent amongst which are deficiencies in the capacity of public procuring entities especially at the lower tiers of government.

The purpose of this new Urbanisation Research Nigeria (URN) research project is thus to investigate the capacity building needs of state and local government agencies (SLGAs) to achieve value for money, transparency and sustainability in the procurement of local infrastructure for the delivery of essential municipal services in Nigeria. 

The research is being undertaken by an international team comprising Dr Patrick Manu (Lead Researcher, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, United Kingdom), Dr Colin Booth (UWE), Professor Paul Olomolaiye (UWE), Mr Abdul-Majeed Mahamadu (UWE), Professor Akinwale Coker (University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria), and Professor Ahmed Doko Ibrahim (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria).

To date, the research team has conducted an extensive review of procurement and capacity development literature on Nigeria and internationally. This has led to the development of a tripartite research framework and an ensuing instrument that will enable a thorough diagnoses of the infrastructure procurement capacity needs of SLGAs in three locales in Nigeria: Ibadan, Kaduna and Zaria. The instrument is at the stage of deployment in these locations.