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Infrastructure Development in Edo State : Adapting to Constraints and Creating Capabilities

EMPLOYMENT MODALITIES FINANCIAL SERVICES TRANSPORT SECTOR PUBLIC UTILITIES DEPOSITS FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PRINCIPAL AUTONOMY DEATHS INTEREST LAWS GUARANTEES ROAD DESIGNS ROAD BUILDING STRATEGIES SERVICES SEWAGE INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT PUBLIC SERVICES HOUSING CONSTRAINTS SANCTIONS CONSULTANTS PROJECT DESIGNS MDAS PROJECTS ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE TAX ROAD MAINTENANCE PROJECT FINANCING CONFLICT INTERNATIONAL BANK ARTERIES EXPERT DRIVERS BUDGET PUBLIC POLICY SIDEWALKS ROAD TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE COSTS ROAD DESIGN TRAINING ROAD SECTOR CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT TRANSPORT AGREEMENTS CONTRACTS CIVIL SOCIETY COLLECTIONS EXPERTS TRANSFERS ACCESS ROADS VIOLENCE DEBT MARKETS WORLD DEVELOPMENT TRUST DRAINAGE DEFICITS CONSULTANT INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT POLLUTION PUBLIC FINANCE NEGOTIATIONS ROAD WIDTH LOANS PROJECT REVISION RULE OF LAW ROAD QUALITY FINANCE PROJECT REVISIONS GRANTS INFRASTRUCTURE BANKING SECTOR CAPITAL BUDGETS PROJECT DESIGN BANKS PROJECT MANAGEMENT GRANT INITIATIVES DRIVING ELECTIONS ACCOUNTABILITY CAPITAL WAGES PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS CAPITAL PROJECTS CARS SUBSIDIARIES BOUNDARIES VALUE BANK CREDIT BUDGETS COUNTERPART MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROJECT APPRAISAL CONTRACT ECONOMY MANDATES CAPITAL PROJECT FISCAL YEAR NATION SIGNALS TRANSACTION COSTS ROAD PROJECTS PUBLIC WORKS HIGHWAYS INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION URBAN DEVELOPMENT BRIDGE STREET LIGHTS ROADS GOVERNANCE LENGTH OF ROADS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION RISK PATRONAGE PROJECT SELECTION TANGIBLE ASSETS TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGY REVENUE UNIVERSITY INVESTMENTS LENDING COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS AGREEMENT PEDESTRIANS DEPENDENCE GOVERNMENTS CIVIL SERVICE STREETLIGHTS RECONSTRUCTION AUDITING CONSOLIDATION
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Nigeria
2015-05-19T16:06:59Z | 2015-05-19T16:06:59Z | 2015-04-29

Governor Adams Oshiomhole assumed office in November 2008 following a successful court appeal to retrieve the mandate given to him by the people of Edo. Widespread support from a variety of interest groups buttressed the legal challenge and helped create the political space for the Governor’s pursuit of an agenda focused on both reform and speedy delivery. Popular demand for reform was evident, but responding to this presented major challenges. Historically,Edo had been one of the best performing states in the country. Expectations were high that he would restore this status and address the perceived poor performance and allegations of corruption leveled against previous administrations. This case study is an attempt to better understand the process through which the Administration was able to maximize its delivery. This report is one product of several ongoing efforts by the World Bank to better understand how to better tailor its interventions to local realities with the overarching objective of improving its impact. To do this in the case of capital spending in Edo, it was necessary to craft a study method that suspended judgments about actual practices. Thus, rather than holding these practices up to international standards, and highlighting deficits and shortcomings in relation to those standards, the study purpose was to depict how the State administration had responded to the political priorities of the new Governor by adapting to the constraints it faced and creating new ways to deliver through infrastructure spending. This case study underlines the very rich and often messy reality that leaders frequently find when assuming office and the trade-offs that they are forced to make. In doing so, it reminds us of the political realities within which we work and, like other case studies recently undertaken to inform Bank engagements in Nigeria, finds that traditional blue print approaches in such circumstances are unlikely to work and that sequencing, tailoring to local contexts and adaptation along a non-linear road to reform is more feasible path.

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