By Abdul Rahman Bangura–
NEW AFRICA DAILY NEWS (NADN) Freetown, Sierra Leone- Federal Administration of Nigeria has divulged the expectation of the federal government to compliance of the airfields of Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Aminu Kano International Airport and Port Harcourt International Airport for adequate management motives.
The Aviation Minister – Hadji Sirika made this publications, when he accepted four certificates of compliance or Outline Business Case (OBC) certificates on the settlement of the airport terminals, bringing the number of OBC certificates received by the ministry so far to seven.
Recently, the ministry had received the OBC on the national carrier, the Aviation Leasing Company and the Maintenance Repairs Overhaul facility (MRO). He said, with the certificates, the ministry could develop to seek private investors for the terminals while presenting the certificates to Chidi Izuwah – Director-General Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (IRC).
He stated that the airport concession programme formed part of the Aviation Road Map earlier endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari, further saying that a minimum of 241,700 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs would be created in the value chain at the completion of the process.
“Critical to the roadmap are the airports’ terminal concession. More than 80 per cent 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 percenter primary airline to feed Public-Private 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 work together to create an aviation system that is self-sustaining,” he said.
For New Africa Daily News Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent