The planned concession of Nigeria’s four international airports has attracted bids from 13 airport consortia, comprising local and foreign firms.
Nigeria’s ICRC, the Independent Concession and Regulatory Commission, last week began the evaluating the bids.
The airports for which bids have been received include, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos; the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano; and the Port Harcourt International Airport.
The spokesperson for the ICRC, Mrs Manji Yarling, in an exclusive interview with the Punch newspaper on Friday, disclosed that 13 companies submitted their RFQs before the closure of the exercise on October 25.
Companies touted to have submitted bids include, Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Terminal Two, Lagos, and Maevis Nigeria Limited, a former concessionaire with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.
Operators of the Singapore’s Changi Airport, operators of France’s Charles de Gaulle Airport, and operators of Ethiopia’s Airport were said to have submitted bids, also.
Some of the bids were submitted under the umbrella of consortia which some Nigerian companies formed with foreign partners.
The Federal Government had in August opened the bidding process for the concession of the four major international airport terminals in the country.
Under the plan of government, the Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano airports would be on concession for a minimum of 20 to 30 years.
The government had assured the workers of FAAN, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, that none of them would lose their jobs.