PPP: FG unveils project to improve storage facilities in health sector

The Minister of Health, has assured Nigerians of Federal Government’s commitment to take further measures toward ensuring and improving the storage sections in health facilities in the Country through Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The Minister, Prof.
Isaac Adewole, made this known when the DirectorGeneral of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Engr.
Chidi Izuwa, paid him a visit recently, in Abuja.
According to a statement issued by the Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, Boade Akinola, Prof.
Adewole, noted that the ‘warehouse in a box’ project was aimed at promoting more efficient and integrated health sector supply chain management.
He further said that it would provide additional and effective storage of pharmaceutical commodities and improve the reliability of Nigeria’s logistics supply chain for Public Health Commodities and donor-funded commodities across the country.
He pointed out that the warehouses in Lagos and Abuja constituted a pride to Nigeria, adding that there was no excuse for not putting life into them.
The statement quoted him saying, “Just as we were ruminating on how to manage the challenge, I got the invitation to go and visit the box in Abuja.
After visiting it, I realised it was a box with a difference.
“These are first class facilities which I believe will help us in putting in place efficient national logistic supply system needed in the country.’’ Receiving a Full Business Case Compliance (FBC) Certificate for the ‘Warehouse in a Box’ project from the ICRC, he assured speedy approval of the certificate by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The minister also expressed readiness to work with the ICRC in providing a cancer treatment centre in the country, through the availability of Public Private Partnership (PPP) payment model.
Prof.
Adewole further stressed that PPP payment models were balanced transactions, where the private sector was responsible for upfront capital expenditure, operations and maintenance.
He said: “The PPP recovers investment via periodic payments by the government, backed by appropriate guarantees.’’ Speaking earlier, Engr.
Chidi Izuwa, said that issuance of the FBC certificate implied that the PPP procurement process had been transparently concluded with a preferred PPP that would manage the facility for the next five years.

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