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Senate committee may stop airports concessioning

By Lawani Mikairu

The Senate Committee on privatisation yesterday said it will stop the planned concessioning of four major airports by the Federal Government until all issues concerning the already concessioned terminal 2, MMA2, domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport are resolved.

This position was taken yesterday by the chairman of the Senate committee, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, who, with other members of the committee were on a guarded tour of MMA2 facilities.

He said the Senate would frustrate any attempt to concession any airport in the country until the crisis with Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, BASL, operator of Murtala Muhammed Airport, MMA2, Lagos are resolved.

Murray-Bruce also threatened that the senate will not approve any budget to the Nigerian aviation industry in 2017 until several problems with private investors in the sector, especially the one with the Bi-Courtney are resolved.

He added that he would lobby other senators to ensure that aviation industry got zero allocation in 2017 budget. And that the Senate will summon the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika to explain why the private agreement reached with BASL since 2006 was not fully complied with by the government.

Murray-Bruce condemned the government for not honouring several of its agreements with private investors, saying that such would have negative effect on the image of the country at large.

Earlier, the Managing Director, BASL, Capt. Jari Williams accused the Federal Airports of Nigeria, FAAN, of breaching the concession agreement it had with it.

He insisted that FAAN had consistently breached the concession, most notably with the redevelopment and continued operations of the General Aviation Terminal, GAT, in “contravention of the exclusivity clause in the agreement with Bi-Courtney Limited, BCL”.


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