FG may announce airport concession winners this week

Barring any last-minute change of plans, the Federal Government may announce winners of the airport concession bid this week, findings by The PUNCH have shown.

This came about 10 months after the Independent Concession and Regulatory Commission completed the evaluation of the 13 companies that submitted Requests for Qualification to participate in the concession bidding process.

A total of 13 airport consortia comprising local and foreign companies have submitted bids to be prequalified for the planned concession of four Nigerian international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt.

Multiple aviation sources told our correspondent on Sunday that the Federal Government might announce the winners of the concession bids this week.

“The committee in charge of the airport concession will meet this week. After that meeting, the winners of the airport concession bid will be announced. The winners should be announced this week,” a top government official close to the deal told The PUNCH on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter.

Meanwhile, findings showed that the consortium formed by Turkey-based TAV Airports Holding, Nahco Management Services Limited and Planet Project Limited, might have won the bid to operate the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The consortium had submitted a bid for the tender to operate and develop the international passenger and cargo terminals of Lagos Airport for a period of 20 years.

Also, an unconfirmed announcement made by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria said the Consortium had been selected as the “preferred  bidder”

This selection is however said to be subject to the necessary official approvals.

“After the necessary approvals are obtained, the next step in the tender process is a negotiation stage between FAAN and the Consortium,” the announcement added.

Further findings showed that United States-based airport company might have won the bid to run and operate the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

This is however said to be subject to further approvals and negotiations with FAAN. As of the time of filing this report, the winners of bids for the Kano and PH international airports could not be ascertained.

However, when contacted, Mr James Odaudu, a media aide to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the winners of the bid would be announced any time from now, adding that the process had reached its final stage.

He said, “The winners of the bid will be announced shortly” without stating details of the day or time.

Article first published on the Punch Website

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