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Privatization Commercialization of Public Service Delivery: Implications for Pro-Poor Growth and Attainment of MDGs in Nigeria

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Name of the Asset | Privatization Commercialization of Public Service Delivery: Implications for Pro-Poor Growth and Attainment of MDGs in Nigeria
Type of Asset | Working Paper
Date | November 2009

Summary

The diminishing capacity of the government to cope with the delivery of public services has led to the privatization of many of these services. This study examines the implications of privatization of services in energy, health, education and telecommunications on poverty, pro-poor growth strategies and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The study covered the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, using primary and secondary data collected from relevant stakeholders in six states, one selected from each of the six zones. It finds that while the education sector is threatened by privatization, private health facilities are improving (but may be on the decline in rural areas). Telecommunications, especially teledensity, is improving. However, the electricity supply needs urgent attention with just one-tenth of households having a daily supply of electricity in two years. The study also makes a host of policy recommendations based on these findings. 

Authors:

  • A.O. Adeagbo, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER)
  • A.O. Adesanya, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER)
  • S.O. Akande, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER)
  • S.O. Alonge, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER)
  • A.A. Carim-Sanni, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER)
  • Ade S. Olomola, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER)
  • W.O. Wadinga, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER)

Country and/or Region | Nigeria
Name of the Program | Global Research Project 'Institutional Capacity Strengthening of African Public Policy Institutes to Support Inclusive Growth and the MDGs'
Funder(s) | United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 

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