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FG to concession airports

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—The Director General of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC, Dr Mansur Ahmed, weekend announced plans by the commission to concessionaire all the airports in the country to companies that would turn it around.

He, however, blamed the delay in the take off of the rehabilitation of Lagos-Ibadan expressway on teething problems that needed to be clarified in the agreement.

Ahmed who spoke with newsmen in Akure, said the plans to concessionaire all the airports in the country had reached advanced stage and would be made public soon. The Director General decline to speak further on what would be the fate of the non-viable airports in the country.

On the rehabilitation of Lagos- Ibadan expressway, the Director General said before the inauguration of the commission, most of the works on the project had been completed and many of them were reviewed when the ICRC came on board.

Explains delay in rehabilitation of Lagos-Ibadan expressway

According to him, the project, being a new one and the first to be carried out was faced with some challenges and many of the steps that were supposed to have been taken were not taken.

Ahmed said, “By the time the commission was inaugurated, most of the works on that project had actually been completed. We had to review it when the final arrangements were being perfected. We advised the Ministry of Works because we knew that there were number of things that needed to be cleared which were not done. The delay in the take off of the rehabilitation work could be traced to the review of the agreement reached by the parties during the tenure of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

For now, he said the Federal Ministry of Works and Bi-Courtney were working on agreement that would see to the quick take off of the project that had been concessioned for 25 years.

“Our suggestion as at the time we looked at it at about a year ago, was actually that both parties should review the project again and finalise it. If you are starting something new, there would be some teething problems. We had learnt our lessons from it.

In the subsequent project, all those issues that are causing the delay would have been taken care of. I am confident that in a matter of few weeks, the Ministry of Works and the concessionaire would have resolved the outstanding issues and the project should move forward.”


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