FG Kick-starts Airport Concession Process

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The federal government, yesterday, kick-started the concession process for the nation’s major airports, with the inauguration of two committees; a Project Steering Committee, and a Project Delivery Committee by the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.
Performing the inauguration in his office, the minister said the Project Steering Committee with him as chairman, is to provide the general direction, and steer the course of Public Private Partnership project concessions in the Aviation Sector.
While clearifying the processes to be under taken, Sirika explained that the misgivings some people have expressed concerning the exercise was borne out of misconception that concession is synonymous with Privatisation, and noted that the institutions being concessioned remained the properties of the federal government and that more jobs will be generated at the end of the day.
The minister also explained that the driving force behind the federal government’s resolve to concession the airports was the over-riding national interest in ensuring the establishment and sustenance of world class standards in both infrastructural development and service delivery.
Part of the committee’s terms of reference include; the Approval of technical, financial and legal framework for the successful preparation and execution of the concession; provision of policy guidelines and general direction on all matters relating to PPP and concession of projects and programmes in the aviation sector.
Others are consider and facilitate necessary permits, clearances and carrying relevant stakeholders along in the processing of PPP / concession matters and approve action plans, budgets and financial requests submitted by the Project Delivery Committee; among others.
Meanwhile, the Aviation Minister of State also inaugurated the Project Delivery Committee with a charge on members to be diligent and patriotic in the implementation of the decisions and policy guidelines as approved by the Steering Committee, as their success or failure would determine the fate of the whole process.
Responding on behalf of the two committees, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Sabiu Zakari pledged their commitment to the assignment, considering the importance attached by the federal government.

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