Aviation Minister inaugurates Airport concession committee amid protest
Says Concession Is Not Privatisation
Amid protests against the concessioning of the four big airports, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika has kick-started the concession process with the inauguration of two committees –Project Steering Committee, and Project Delivery Committee.
Sirika while inaugurating the steering committee yesterday in Abuja said their mandate was to provide direction and steer the course of Public Private Partnership project concessions in the aviation sector.
He said the driving force behind the Federal Government’s resolve to concession the airports was the over-riding national interest in ensuring the establishment and sustenance of world class standards in both infrastructural development and service delivery.
According to him, the misgivings some people have expressed concerning the exercise was borne out of misconception that concession is synonymous with privatization, explaining that the institutions being concessioned remained the property of the Federal Government and would enhance job creation.
The committee’s terms of reference include the approval of technical, financial and legal framework for the successful preparation and execution of the concession; provision of policy guidelines and general direction on all matters relating to PPP and concession of projects and programmes in the aviation sector.
The committees were also mandated to consider and facilitate necessary permits, clearances and carry relevant stakeholders along in the processing of PPP / concession matters; they are to approve action plans, budgets and financial requests submitted by the Project Delivery Committee. The committee would serve as the final decision-making body on PPP Concession matters on air transport generally.
Members of the committee include: Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transport, relevant Chief Executive Officers, Director-General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC); Director of Planning of the Ministry of Transportation; representatives of the Ministries of Justice, Budget and National Planning, the Ministry of Finance, and the Deputy Director of the PPP Unit in the ministry who will serve as the secretary.
Similarly, the Aviation Minister of State inaugurated the Project Delivery Committee with a charge on members to be diligent and patriotic in the implementation of the decisions and policy guidelines as approved by the Steering Committee, as their success or failure would determine the fate of the whole process.
According to him, the members should see themselves as the foot soldiers of the concession process which has no room for lapse, and to ensure that all their activities are in compliance with the guidelines of the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC), as well as recommend the terms of engagements and disengagement of concessionaires.
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