Research: Privatization Of The Energy Industry: An Examination Of The Nigerian Power Sector

Effective private-public partnerships are considered to be very important in resolving universal access to electricity and in the achievement of sustainable energy development (UN-Energy, 2012). Power outages cost Nigeria approximately three percent of its GDP every year and at an optimal power generation of 13,000 MW, Nigeria loses US$80 billion per annum in GDP (ADF, 2013; David-West, 2014). As a result, the power sector was privatized by the Federal Government but has so far yielded negative outcomes (Heddenhausen, 2007). It is believed that the situation can be reversed by the development and implementation of a framework that exploits the strengths of both the private and public sectors in the electricity industry. The contemplated research examines the above through an analysis of theories on corruption, social justice and equity and development. An attempt to construct a new conceptual model or framework that better explains the characteristics of the relationship between private and public sectors in the Nigerian power sector is the ultimate goal of the contemplated research. In particular, the contemplated research will examine these characteristics through a triangulated research approach including: a literature review, content analysis of government policy and electricity supply data, and the interviewing of selected individuals from the industry, government, public administration and the community.

Case Study: The Canadian Ski Marathon

The Canadian Ski Marathon is a cross country ski tour that was founded in 1967 by former Canadian National Ski team member Don MacLeod, as a result of a government initiative to promote a spirit of fitness, friendship and fun, and to celebrate Canada’s Centennial of the founding of Confederation. The CSM has been a great success over the years and has had tremendous participation rates. In recent years the CSM has faced several management challenges. The case presents these challenges as faced by the new administer and asks students to determine the most advantageous course of action going forward.

Dissertation: Toll Road Concessioning System in South Africa

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) have emerged as one of the major approaches for delivering infrastructure projects in recent years (Kwak, Chih, & Ibbs, 2009). Akintoye, Beck, & Hardcastle (2003) define PPPs as a long-term contractual arrangement between a public sector agency and a private sector concern, whereby resources and risk are shared for the benefit purpose of developing a public facility. The principal aim of a PPP for the public sector is to achieve value for money in the services provided while ensuring that the private sector entities meet their contractual obligations properly and efficiently (Grimsey & Lewis, 2002). South Africa has the greatest cumulative experience of public-private partnerships in Africa, with over 50 such partnerships in development or implementation at national or provincial level, and 300 projects at municipal level, since 1994 (Farlam, 2005). To date three national routes have been concessioned to private companies and the national roads agency intends to concession others on its network (SANRAL, 2012). Concessioning is becoming a key trend with regard to the provision of infrastructure in South Africa, as evidenced by the increasing number of toll road concessions. For bidders to have a possibility of winning a concession, a thorough understanding of the factors affecting the award of toll road concessions is necessary. This qualitative study analyses the characteristics of a new conceptual model that explains the influences on the evaluation and selection of concessionaires for PPP road projects in South Africa.