Hadi Sirika

Senate to summon Aviation Minister over MMA2 concession

The Senate is to summon the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika to explain why the Federal Government failed to honour concession agreements on the Murtala Mohammed Airport terminal two handed over to Bi-Courtney Aviation Service Limited (BASL).

Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatization, Senator Ben Bruce threatened that the Senate would halt the proposed concession of four airports without resolving the knotty issues with the MMA2 concession.

He spoke when the committee visited B-Courtney during which it toured facilities at the privately run terminal.

For over a decade, the BASL and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) have been engaged in a running legal battle over the terms of concession.

But the Privatization Committee blamed the government for reneging on the agreements it signed with Bi-Courtney, saying such attitude could scare away prospective investors who have shown genuine interest in developing the sector.

According to the Chairman, the Senate would invite the Minister to explain the controversy surrounding the concession agreement.

He said government officials who signed “a terrible and lousy agreement” on behalf of 180 million Nigerians, realizing its implications, would be prosecuted and sent to jail.

“If you negotiate a bad deal on behalf of 180 million people so that he can have a great time, they would be prosecuted. So they would have to deal with that issue. Whoever negotiates a bad deal on behalf of the Federal Government, they would go to jail”, he said.

Bruce said the committee would get to the root of the matter to protect the integrity of agreements and the reputation of the Federal Government.

He noted that due to the irregularities in the agreement, the MMA2 concessionaire (Bi-Courtney) had been made to lose huge amount of money on a daily basis having put in place facilities.

He said, “We are not here to find faults or blame anybody but to say that when you enter into an agreement, you must honour.

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