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Nigeria - Lagos Drainage and Sanitation Project (Inglês)

The outcome of the project was satisfactory, and most of the objectives were met. Considerable flooding reduction allowed for land use, otherwise lost to flooding, property values increased, and, living conditions improved. The key lessons convey primarily, the importance of involving beneficiaries, as of the early stages, in project selection, preparation, and design, to attain project ownership, as shown by the success of this project. The creative innovation of a financial management consultant, responsible for payments, disbursement commitments, and project account monitoring, although successful in comparison to the former independent banks' approach, did not achieve the necessary skills' transfer to Project Unit (PU) staff, hence, sufficient capacity should be built within the PU in the future. But, both the resource mobilization method of a standing payment order - which avoided experienced delays in obtaining counterpart funds, - and, the establishment of a maintenance account, for the release of funds for regular drain maintenance, proved successful. However, the lack of clearly defined responsibilities between consultants and PU staff, was conducive to conflicting situations, where legitimate instructions were ignored. This should be defined alongside the enhancement for PU supervision capacity, and training needs, as well as an increased flexibility in contract documents.




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