Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has commenced the concessioning of 28 car parks across international and local airports in Nigeria.
The car parks available for concession are located in 18 airports, some of which include Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos; Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; Port Harcourt International Airport, Port Harcourt, and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.
Other available locations for these concessions include Ilorin, Benin City, Ibadan, Sokoto, Enugu, Minna, Calabar, Yola, Owerri, Kaduna, Katsina, Jos, Makurdi, and Maiduguri airports.
This development is coming at a time the Federal Government says there is no going back on its plan to concession the major airports in the country.
Before now, Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, had explained that government had already indicated interest to concession the Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Port Harcourt international airports to improve their safety and capacity.
Sirika said the current condition of airports had made it extremely difficult for Nigeria to attract the desired number of passengers to transform the country into an aviation hub.
“Nigeria has potential to do between 70 to 100 million passengers annually, within the next five years, if the right things are put in place. The 15 million annual passengers, which is the country’s current capacity, can be improved upon if private investors are allowed to participate in the sector.
“Government does not have money to put into these businesses and we don’t want to sell these facilities either; so that is why we are concessioning them because it is the only way to go,’’ he said.
In a public notice put up by FAAN two days ago, the agency says it is inviting competent, reputable and suitably qualified firms and agencies to submit bid documents for the Expression of Interest (EOI) for the “Automation of FAAN-Controlled Airports Car Parks” under its 2017 financial year (IGR) budget.
The agency discloses that the submission of tender document shall close on Thursday, September 7, 2017, as all submissions will be opened on the same day immediately after closing at the procurement Conference Room, Maintenance Yard, FAAN headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos.
Henrietta Yakubu, FAAN’s acting general manager also confirms the development to BusinessDay, saying plans to concession these car parks are steps in the right direction for government to properly manage the car parks across the airports.
Dele Ore, a former president of the Aviation Round Table (ART), commends the resolve of the Federal Government to concession airports in the country despite opposition from aviation unions, adding that the recent appointment of transaction advisers for the concession of the airports is a step in the right direction.
He says, “I am of the opinion that government has no business in doing business. The best option for the country is for these airports to be given to investors to enable optimal operation.”