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EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria to sell refineries, ICC, 34 others

 

 

The Nigerian government is proposing to sell or concession no fewer than 36 of its properties to raise funds, largely to finance the 2021 budget.

These properties cut across energy, industries, communication and infrastructural sectors.

They are expected to be sold or concessioned between January 2021 and November 2022.

Top among these properties are the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), the Abuja International Conference Centre (ICC), some unnamed refineries, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Abuja Water Board, Nigerian Film Corporation, among others.

The federal government’s decision to sell or concession these properties is to help fund the N13.58 trillion 2021 budget signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 31, 2020.

There are however, different sale strategies for the properties. While some are ‘core investor sales’, a few others are for ‘share sales’. Some are for ‘concessioning’ and others for ‘full or partial commercialization’.

Some properties have been enlisted to be sold to a ‘willing buyer’.

Breakdown of properties and prices

The 36 projects have been categorized into five departments, according to the document; energy with nine projects, industries and communications department with eight projects and development institutions and natural resources with six projects.

Others are infrastructure and public private partnership with four projects and post transaction management department with nine projects. Many, both individuals and civic groups, have kicked against the government’s plan to sell off some national properties. This is even as they kicked against the idea of borrowing as well.  Rather than sell national properties or borrow, SERAP proposed a cut in the cost of governance in areas like lawmakers’ salaries, constituency allowance, wardrobe allowance, recess allowance and entertainment allowance – to help generate revenue.

Below is a summary of some projects:

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