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How Nigeria plans to concession its 2 most commercially viable and busiest airports

Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos


It is believed that this move would help transform the airports to international standards.


Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has announced the Federal Government’s approval for concessions of the Lagos and Abuja airports.

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja

The two airports are the busiest and commercially viable airports in the country.

“I am pleased to say that the federal executive council (FEC) has approved the concessioning of the Lagos and Abuja airports,” Osinbajo said.

There is a few information about the whole process and the potential concessioners. Though, the government has hinted it is considering the move since June 2016.

According to sources who are familiar with the concession plans, which has been well reported by the media, the government had constituted two committees – project steering committee and project delivery committee for the process.

Major Public-Private Partnership projects in Nigeria and their operational model (Deloitte Nigeria)

Mr. Hadi Sidirika – Nigeria’s Minister of State for Aviation said about the process while allaying the fears of relevant stakeholders about the government’s move to concession four airports in Nigeria.

“Public-Private-Partnership and concession in the airports have never been done in a structured and transparent manner,” he had said.

“The contracts are not properly prepared, no risk analysis and no financial models. Consequently, it is not surprising that they ended in litigation. I want to assure stakeholders that we will be transparent and the concession is in the best interest of the country.

“We will ensure that Nigerians are given priority in getting jobs in the aviation sector. We will give adequate time for the airlines to prepare themselves but for sure, we will ensure that it happens soonest.”

The concession of the terminal two of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA 2) in 2007 is the first and only concessional arrangement in the history of Nigeria’s aviation industry.

With reports from BI

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