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Nigeria govt proposes concession of Lagos, Abuja airports for 30 years

The federal government is seeking to concession four airports for a period of 20-30 years.

The ministry of aviation announced this in a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document released on Wednesday.

The airports are Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos; the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; Malam Aminu Kano Airport, Kano and Port Harcourt International Airport, Rivers state.

A concession is a form of public-private partnership (PPP) where a government-owned asset is being operated and maintained by a private investor for a period of time on terms contained in a contract.

“Infrastructure concessions of this nature come with a significant financial obligation which any responsible concessionaire will no doubt be keen to recoup,” the document read.

“To this end we envisage a minimum of 20) to 30 years for the programme, which may be extended depending on performance and Nigeria’s best interests.
“That said, the duration is not set in stone and will be subject to negotiation and then final approval by the federal executive council.”

The aviation ministry explained that the planned concession would not affect the repayment of the $500 million loan taken from the China Exim Bank for the airports’ terminals.

“China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC) was contracted to deliver a number of infrastructure projects throughout Nigeria in 2013. The Passenger Terminal development works are a small part of this, and the federal government has every intention to service its obligation,” it said.

It also said that the government was starting with the most strategic assets because successful delivery of the concession agreement would give stakeholders the confidence to consider other possibilities in the aviation sector.

In 2016, the federal government had indicated interest in concessioning the Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano airports to increase their capacity and efficiency.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, in 2017, had announced the federal executive council’s approval of the concession of Lagos and Abuja airports. TheCableng

FG extends airports closure by 2 weeks

The Federal Government has extended the closure of airports across the country by another two weeks beginning from April 23, 2020.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced this via a tweet on his verified Twitter handle on Monday.

He said the extension was due to the recent lockdown order of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

Last month, the Federal Government ordered the closure of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and other airports nationwide.

It declared that the closure of airports was part of measures to contain the spread of the rampaging coronavirus disease.

Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu, had stated that the shutdown would last till April 23, 2020.

But Sirika on Monday announced that the airports would remain closed for two more weeks, although this was subject to review.

The minister said, “As a result of the extension of lockdown by Mr. President, it is no longer possible for us to open our airspace and airports for normal operations by the 23rd of April, 2020.

“They will remain closed for a further two weeks. This (is) subject to review as appropriate.”

Sirika’s tweet, however, generated diverse reactions. While some of his Twitter followers commended the government for the move, others lambasted the minister.

Responding to the minister’s tweet, Bello Abdullahi, said, “If you had acted promptly by closing all entry points and quarantined people for 21 days, Nigeria would not have to go on locking down states.

“And now look at what you’re talking about. We’re surely in the wrong hands!”

Another Twitter user, Savanna Princess, told Sirika to “kindly stop all the VIP shuttles going on. It makes no sense to lock citizens up and allow governors stream in and out of Abuja.

“In the first instance, they carried this virus into Nigeria. Now running around isn’t okay!” Punch

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