Yesterday Federal Government announced the opening of bids for four international airport terminals in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano.
The request for qualification (RFQ) is open to corporations or consortia with a track record in airport terminal management and a net worth of N30 billion per bidding firm or consortium as part of attempts to administer the facilities efficiently and profitably.
The Federal Government had suggested a concession tenure of 20 to 30 years for the facilities, allowing private investors to own, manage, and recoup investments.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the concession of the four major airports in 2016 for them to operate efficiently and financially.
At a project update session with stakeholders, Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, stated that the concession exercise is available to any eligible organizations with the capacity to turn around the facilities’ fortunes.
Following the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) and the National Policy on Public-Private Partnership (N4P), the Ministry of Aviation issued a request for qualification for the concession yesterday.
In an official memo provided to journalists, Hassan Musa, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Aviation, indicated that port communities around the four commercial airports, Abuja, Lagos, Malam Aminu Kano, and Port Harcourt International Airport, are expected to develop into economic centres.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) through the Ministry of Aviation is inviting bids from reputable Airport Developers/Operators/Financiers/Consortia for prequalification for the Concession of selected Airports Terminals under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement”.
“The airport’s terminal concession is one of the critical projects under the Aviation Sector Roadmap of the FGN and fits well within the scope of the Ministry’s strategic plan for the sector. The execution of this project is meant to achieve the Federal Government’s objective in terms of air transport value chain growth by developing and profitably managing customer-centric airport facilities for safe, secure and efficient carriage of passengers and goods at world-class standards of quality,” the memo read in part.
To qualify, the firm/consortium must provide the following: full names, company registration, ownership of bidding entity, audited financial statements, affidavit, power of attorney or board resolution, along with a letter of association.
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Moreover, prospective firms/consortiums are required to have the technical, operational, and financial capability, as well as experience in planning, developing and operating an international airport as well as cargo terminals; and evidence of financial capacity for the project’s financial support.
The request underlines that the RFQ is the pre-qualification step of the Project’s procurement process, and that interested parties must meet the pre-qualification conditions outlined in the RFQ package.
Only pre-qualified parties will be allowed to proceed to the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage and must sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement before the release of the RFP papers.
James Odaudu, Director of Public Affairs at the Ministry of Aviation, added that interested international parties have been urged to partner with local firms per the requirements of the Federal Government’s local content development policy and that RFQs submitted via electronic media will not be accepted.