The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) with assistance from the World Bank is implementing the Sustainable Procurement, Environmental and Social Standards Enhancement Project (SPESSE). The Project development objective is to develop sustainable capacity in managing procurement, environment and social safeguards in the public sector. SPESSE is conceived on the need to bridge the gap between insufficient supply of quality professionals in the procurement, environmental and social sectors and the lack of academic programs and curriculum in these sectors in the Nigerian education system. The cornerstone of SPESSE implementation is the creation of Centres of Excellence (CE) in Nigerian Universities to deliver a series of capacity building tracks in a sustainable manner in procurement, environmental and social standards. Key stakeholders are involved in the strategic design of the tracks and will be engaged in their implementation. This capacity development project is strategically and operationally planned in an aligned and coordinated manner across all tiers of government and involve all stakeholders (national and sub-national government, development partners, NGOs, private sector, etc.). The Project is linked to a real-time performance and change management program, which will ensure the elevation of capacities in Nigeria with full reliance on technology, including e-learning tools and facilities.

Project Components

SPESSE has 2 components:

Component 1

Technical Assistance and Support to Implementing Agencies

This component will provide technical assistance to implementing agencies, including procurement of ICT systems and operational support (through Disbursement-Linked Indicators (DLI).


  1. Technical Assistance and DLI-based Support to BPP, EA Department and FMWASD
  2. Technical Assistance and DLI-based Support to National Universities Commission (NUC)
  3. Technical Assistance to NUC for the Campaign for Change. Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Finance (MoF)

Component 2

Establishment and operating the Centres of Excellence

Component 2 will finance the setting-up of the Centreers of Excellence (CE) and support their roll-out, based on DLI-based payments.


  1. Funding support to the CE to facilitate project start-up
  2. DLI-based support to operating CEs

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