Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has expressed optimism that about 241,700 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs would be generated from the planned concession of four international airports’ terminals .
This is as he received four certificates of compliance or Outline Business Case (OBC) certificates on the concession .
According to a report by dailytrust.com.ng, this latest seven OBC certificates received by the ministry so far in addition to the previously received OBC on the national carrier, the Aviation Leasing Company and the Maintenance Repairs Overhaul facility (MRO).
In his response ,The Director- General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission(ICRC)Engr. Chidi Izuwah while presenting the certificates to the Aviation Minister, Sen. Hadi Sirika, said with the certificates, the ministry will go ahead to source for private investors for the terminals.
Airports that received the OBC were Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Mallam Aminu International Airport, Kano, Port Harcourt International Airport and Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos.
Izuwah added that the OBCs revealed that the facilities were bankable and that private sector investors were at liberty to invest in them.
The next stage after the OBC, according to reports is the procurement stage and the Final Business Case (FBC), which will still be approved by the Federal Executive Council and the ICRC.
Sen. Sirika further said that the airports concession programme formed part of the Aviation Road Map previously approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In his words “Critical to the roadmap are the airports’ terminal concession. More than 80 percent of the roadmap is through public private partnership (PPP) and the ICRC has the sole mandate to regulate to ensure viability, fairness and diligence.
“You can’t have nice airports and you don’t have a feeder primary airline to feed it. If you have the airline, it means you must have a maintenance facility (MRO) and then you need the Aviation Leasing Company for ease of leasing aircraft and other critical equipment.
“All of these works together to create an aviation system that is self-sustaining”, the minister added.
The Aviation Minister concluded that the airports would not be sold or privatized but only on concession.
By Francis Ogwo