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Public Policy and Administration


Christina Spoons


Structuring successful public-private partnership (P3) concession contracts is a problem for both the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) of Nigeria and private concessionaires that partner with the government to finance the delivery of public goods in the territory. Researchers have estimated the percentage of P3 concession failures in Nigeria to be between 50% and 60%. The purpose of this study is to explore concessionaires’ lived experiences involving P3 concession uncertainties, opportunities, and barriers while they partner with the FCTA of Nigeria to deliver public goods. The key research question examined the meaning of P3 concession uncertainty to concessionaires with the FCTA of Nigeria, and to what extent these choices, options, and experiences affected project values. This phenomenological study was conducted through online interviews with 18 senior management staff of companies that have or have had P3 concessions with the FCTA since 2011. Interview data were transcribed and coded manually for efficiency before importing codes into NVivo for analysis. All concessionaires recounted experiencing both barriers and opportunities during their concessions with the FCTA. Each participant reported being unable to freely negotiate concession contract terms and structures. Useful recommendations and study results may inform and improve P3 collaborations for more efficient and effective infrastructural development. Recommendations will aid policymakers in crafting better P3 contracts and public policies that might escalate successful projects, which may boost development from Public Infrastructure delivery and improve the living standards of the society leading to positive social change.