By LAWANI MIKAIRU & DANIEL ETEGHE
Managing Director of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mr. George Uresi, has disclosed that most of the concession agreements entered into by the agency and its concessionaires in the aviation industry were imposed on FAAN.
Uresi made this disclosure while speaking on Channels Television interview . It will be recalled that FAAN has been locked in a protracted legal battle with Bi-Courtney Aviation Services over a concession agreement they entered into . Under the agreement, Bi-Courtney was to rebuild and operate the MMIA 2 terminal, a hotel and conference centre for sometime before handing them over to FAAN. FAAN has alleged that the terms of the agreement have been breached by Bi-Courtney.
He further said the agreement entered into with Bi-Courtney was already null and void at the very beginning .According to him “Most of the concessions in the aviation industry between FAAN and it concessionaires were imposed on FAAN. The one of Bi-Courtney was already null and void at the beginning of the concession”
“I will rather not speak specifically to Bi-Courtney particularly because we are in court with them over some issues but I want to speak about concessions in general. There were many agreement between the concessionaires and FAAN but if we look at the controversial ones, I chose to call them non valid agreements, what I mean by that is that the agreements when you look at them, they are in favour of the concessionaires but to the detriment and disadvantage of FAAN.”
“As I went through most of them as an airport manager of many years standing, I almost fell off my chair while reading them one after the other and I felt that, what the hell is going on here, you know all of these concessions contrary to the believe that FAAN entered into all of these concessions, if you look at it, well, most of them were imposition on FAAN as a body.
I must tell you that when I first came, I approached some of these concessionaires myself and make them realise that this thing is unsustainable and they know that these are fundamental things that needs to be corrected and to be frank they are unsustainable.”
The FAAN MD further noted that unlike before where after entering into the concession agreement and the concessionaires always take FAAN to court , it is now FAAN that was now taking the bold step in taken those concessionaires to court over agreement that were not in favour of FAAN.