The planned airports concession has gained more traction as the federal Ministry of Aviation has announced preferred bidders for three flagship airports.
The minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika announced the preferred bidders for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano at a press briefing in Abuja.
He said that the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase of the Nigeria Airports Concession Programme (NACP), which came to a close on the 19 of September 2022 has seen the emergence of preferred and reserve bidders for three (3) out of four (4) Airports and Cargo Terminals as approved for concession under the programme under the active participation and regulation of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).
He announced that “the preferred bidder for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, is Corporacion America Airports Consortium. ENL Consortium has also been selected as the reserve bidder for NAIA. “
“The preferred bidder for Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, is TAV/NAHCO/PROJECT PLANET LIMITED(PPL) Consortium. Sifax/Changi Consortium has also been selected as the reserve bidder for MMIA” he said.
“The preferred bidder for Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano, is Corporacion America Airports Consortium. There are no reserve bidders for MAKIA as at the time of this announcement” he said.
For the Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA), Port Harcourt, he did the ministry “did not receive any proposals as of the RFP deadline close and as such has not had preferred and reserve bidders attached to it.”
He said the next stage now it’s the negotiation stage adding that the organised labour has been a part of all the negotiations that has happened and will still be part of future negotiations.
He also said no Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) will lose their jobs.
“The next stage of the programme is the negotiations and due diligence stage, during which the Federal Government will invite preferred bidders to enter detailed negotiations with its representatives, with a view to developing a Full Business Case (FBC) before onward transmission to ICRC for review and approval. Only after successful conclusion of the negotiation and due diligence stage will the FBC and all other approvals be presented before the Federal Executive Council for final approval by the Federal Government of Nigeria” he explained.