Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, holds the aces to the airport concession and the birth of the national airline
BY-: James Odaudu
The Federal Ministry of AviaStion, in line with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (establishment, etc.) Act, 2005, and global best practice, hereby informs all stakeholders, local and international, development partners, and members of the media, that the Request for Proposals (RfP) phase of the Nigeria Airport Concessions program (NACP), commenced on the 1st of June. Shortlisted bidders have since been notified in writing and via the transaction portal (http://www.nacp.aviation.gov.ng/).
The RfP stage of the program will close on the 5th of September 2022. All shortlisted bidders are thus encouraged to ensure that they make their submissions in a timely manner and as per the detailed guidelines included in the bidders’ package.
Speaking to members of the media on the eve of the NACP bidders conference, prior to embarking on a stakeholders tour of notable international airports in Brazil and Turkey, the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika expressed his confidence in driving a transparent and robust concession program to completion before the end of the year.
“We are delighted to inform all stakeholders and indeed, all Nigerians, that a critical milestone in this program has now been reached. We anticipate that the program, including the final negotiations stage will be concluded before the end of the year, thereby allowing for the affected assets to be handed over to the absolute best private sector operators well before this administration hands over to a new, duly elected government”.
The bidders conference, hosted by the Federal Ministry of Aviation and the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission – the substantive regulator for all infrastructure concessions in Nigeria, took place on the 20th of June 2022 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja and marks a critical milestone in the process of concessioning Nigeria’s four international airports and associated assets, comprised specifically of passenger and cargo terminals. Delegates of preferred bidders flew into Nigeria from no fewer than four countries, with the majority joining online via the NACP’s virtual conferencing facility.
Speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation Abel Enitan added, “We are delighted to see this level of genuine interest in Nigeria’s infrastructure concession programmes and in particular this airports concession programme. As the global aviation industry recovers, this level of interest Nigeria enjoys from emerging market investors, is a testament to the sheer scale of opportunity Nigeria offers long-term investors who share a positive vision of the nation’s future. We wish all bidders well as they conduct their own due diligence and prepare competitive bids for the various assets.”
Mr James Odaudu is the Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the Minister of Aviation.Share