Aviation Ministry has re-opened the bidding course of for Port Harcourt Airport.
NewsOnline experiences that regardless of the disaster that engulfed the concession of three airports within the nation by the previous administration, the Ministry of Aviation goes forward with its plan to concession Port Harcourt Worldwide Airport (PHIA), Omegwa.
A supply near the ministry confided in our correspondent, yesterday, that the Everlasting Secretary of the Ministry of Aviation, Dr Emmanuel Meribole, goes forward with one of many roadmaps of the previous administration for the aviation sector.
Extra particulars concerning the Port Harcourt Airport new bidding course of
In keeping with the supply, the ministry had commenced a selective bidding course of for the PHIA, stressing that no bids had been obtained in the course of the preliminary spherical of the bidding.
The supply additional hinted that the ministry was already participating with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Fee (ICRC) to hunt its approval for a second spherical of bidding, thereby “demonstrating its dedication to a good and aggressive course of that maximises the advantages for Nigerians.”
The supply hinted that the ministry supposed to offer potential traders with higher incentives and extra strong ensures within the new course of.
Response to authorized problem by Sifax Group
In the meantime, the supply mentioned the ministry was conscious of the authorized case introduced towards it by Sifax Group, difficult the bidding course of for Lagos Airport. It promised that it might comply with the due authorized course of and preserve transparency all through the decision of the disputes.
The supply additional disclosed that the ministry has engaged the providers of authorized advisors, whereas it was additionally actively concerned within the courtroom proceedings to make sure a good consequence, sustaining that it might not permit the curiosity of some to derail the federal government. The supply mentioned:
- “As the first stakeholder and sponsor of this initiative, we’re very a lot conscious that the overwhelming majority of Nigerians assist the concession programme. They need to expertise world-class journey from airports with top-notch infrastructure, providers, and safety.
- “We’re absolutely dedicated to addressing ongoing authorized disputes transparently and promptly. The case introduced ahead by Sfax Group, alleging a breach of the Request for Qualification by the popular bidder is being taken severely.
- “If the allegations are substantiated, the Ministry of Aviation will re-evaluate the concession award for Lagos, in accordance with due authorized processes.”
Meribole couldn’t be reached for feedback by our correspondent. Nevertheless, one other supply within the ministry confirmed the brand new bidding to our correspondent.
What you must know About Port Harcourt Airport
Sifax Group of Corporations Restricted had in November 2022, requested the Federal Excessive Courtroom sitting in Lagos to disqualify Tav Airports Holding Firm and GMR Airport Restricted from the bidding, claiming that each companies had been owned by the identical firm, Airport De Paris (ADP), however submitted separate bids for Lagos Airport.
In its submission, SIFAX claimed that this breached the “particular principle of the RFQ,” which states that no applicant was entitled to bid for any of the precise property twice underneath any guise or type.
The plaintiff sued the Legal professional-Basic and Minister of Justice of Nigeria, the Federal Authorities of Nigeria and the Minister of Aviation, NAHCO Aviance Plc, ICRC, Tav Airports Holding and GMR Airport as the first to seventh defendants.
The Federal Authorities had in October 2022, introduced the popular and reserved bidders for the concession of Lagos, Abuja and Kano airports, however mentioned Port Harcourt Airport didn’t obtain any type of bidding.
He mentioned the Request for Proposals (RFP) part of the Nigeria Airports Concession Programme (NACP), which got here to a detailed on September 19, 2022, had seen the emergence of most well-liked and reserve bidders for 3 out of 4 airports and cargo terminals as authorised for concession underneath the programme.
He had mentioned that his ministry was in session with the ICRC and different key stakeholders to debate the way in which ahead for the fourth airport asset that failed to fulfill the deadline.
Sirika had talked about the popular bidder for the Abuja Airport as Company America Airports Consortium, whereas ENL Consortium was chosen because the reserve bidder for the airport.
Sirika additionally mentioned that the TAV/NAHCO/Venture Plant Restricted (PPL) Consortium was the popular bidder for the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport (MMIA), Lagos, whereas the Sifax/Changi Consortium has additionally been chosen because the reserve bidder.
He added that Corporacion America Airports Consortium was additionally the popular bidder for the Mallam Aminu Kano Worldwide Airport (MAKIA), Kano and that there are presently no reserve bidders.