Striving to create healthy aviation growth as well as achieving the government’s objective in terms of air transport value chain growth, the Nigerian authority has encouraged four international airport terminals to participate in infrastructure investment.
A request by the authority for qualifications for the concession of four international airport terminals stated that the airports open to private investment are the international airports in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Port Harcourt, the four major cities in the most populous African country.
Investment in national infrastructure through private sector funding, it has been highlighted, will play a critical role in addressing Nigeria’s physical infrastructure deficit which hampers economic development.
In a statement issued in Lagos, Permanent secretary of the Ministry of Aviation, Hassan Musa said, “The airports surrounding communities are intended to develop into efficient, profitable, self-sustaining and commercial hubs which would create more jobs and develop local industries through a public-private partnership (PPP) project.”
“The federal government through the ministry of aviation is inviting bids from reputable airport developers/operators/financiers/consortia for pre-qualification for the concession of selected airports terminals under a public-private partnership arrangement,” he said.
He added that the the airport terminal concession is one of the critical projects under the sector roadmap of the government and fits well within the scope of the ministry’s strategic plan for the sector.
He added that, “To be prequalified for consideration as a prospective PPP partner for the project, the prospective firms/consortia must have the technical, operational and financial capability. In line with this, the ministry urged the interested international parties to partner with local firms in compliance with the requirements of the country’s local content development policy.”
By Joyce Mukucha