By Favour Nnabugwu
The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said that only the terminal buildings in the four international airports marked for concession will be giving to private individuals to manage.
The four international airports are the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, the Nnamidi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano and the Port Harcourt International Airport, Port Harcourt.
Speaking during a virtual meeting with stakeholders in Abuja, the Minister said : “All other facilities at the airports and existing concessions outside the Airport Terminals will still be managed by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN”.
The Minister also said, “the concessionaire will sign service level agreements with FAAN and Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, to ensure that airport operates efficiently, the service level agreement will cover the Runway, Taxiway, Security and Air Traffic Management”.
“The concessionaire will provide the investment required to upgrade the existing terminals, take over the new terminals and maintain them over a period of time to be determined based on financial assessment of each transaction”.
Sirika further explained that all existing concession agreements ” within the terminals would be inherited by the concessionaire and would be allowed to run its course before any review.Tariffs will be regulated in accordance with the procedures set in the concession agreement.”
“As regards the passenger Service and Security charges, the concessionaires and FAAN would share of the charges which would be paid directly to FAAN by IATA.”
Enumerating the services FAAN will continue to render, the Minister said FAAN would be required to provide manpower through AVSEC for security of both the Airside and Landside, ” however the concessionaire would be expected to provide and maintain landside equipment but FAAN would continue to provide and maintain Airside security equipment,” Sirika added