By Anozie Egole
Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II has thrown his weight behind the forthcoming 2015 Nigeria Infrastructure Public Private Partnership Summit scheduled to hold in the last quarter of this year.
The former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, gave his nod to the summit while speaking to the Summit Planning team recently in his palace in Kano when the latter paid a courtesy visit to him on the event. The visit was part of several scheduled consultations with various stakeholders on infrastructure development in the country.
The planning team was led by A.B Mahmoud (SAN), managing partner at Dikko & Mahmoud, and it included Gori Lusina Daniel and Hakeem Adeleye, both from Adams & Moore, a U.K based global professional advisory firm, Ibrahim Abdullahi and Zubaida Mahmoud from Dikko & Mahmoud, a full service law firm.
Emir Sanusi, who highlighted the need for a pragmatic approach in developing Nigeria’s infrastructure across different sectors, bemoaned the non-implementation of several recommendations from previous successful summits by past governments.
While assuring the team of his support, the Emir also called for priority attention on social infrastructure, especially in areas such as health and education, both of which, according to him, are primarily critical to the well being of the people.
“I understand the critical role infrastructure plays in developing our economy, and in particular, the need for Nigeria to address the key social infrastructure deficit particularly in education and health that will deliver a better quality of life not just for the elite, but for those in society for whom access to N1,000 could make the difference between losing a child and obtaining the medication and treatment that could save a child’s life.”
Sanusi II has recently been appointed Chairman of the Board of Black Rhino, a Blackstone portfolio company focused on the development and acquisitions of energy and infrastructure projects across Africa.
The leader of the delegation, A.B. Mahmoud (SAN) during his speech told the monarch that the summit aims to establish a private sector-led community of practice with the mandate to work with government at all levels to ensure the delivery of sector-specific roadmaps for the development of critical infrastructure through public private partnerships.
Gori Daniel, partner and Africa Regional Director at Adams & Moore, in his own remarks noted that the summit would focus on four critical sectors – power, health, transport and education, aligned with the Federal Government’s stated development priorities.