The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved 3 contracts to improve operations at two of Nigeria’s busiest airports – the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The sum of N28 billion was also approved for direct procurement, installation and commissioning of the total radar coverage modernisation for the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, in a meeting with State House correspondents after a virtual FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

What the Minister is saying

Sirika said, “Today, Council received three memoranda from civil aviation and they were all approved consequently.

“Memo number one is for approval for a contract for the supply and installation of baggage handling system at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos and the total contract sum is N3.6 billion inclusive of the 7.5 per cent VAT, with the completion period of 12 months.

“The contractor is Messrs Gulf of Africa International Limited, who is exclusive representatives of the original equipment manufacturer.” 

He added that the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) is Messrs UBS Systems Company, a company that is located in Istanbul, Turkey; and the funding was appropriated, while approval was consequently given by the Council.

He stated that the second memo from aviation was approval for the award of contract for the manufacture, supply, installation and operating training of disabled aircraft recovery system at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, adding that it would be used in removing obstructions and easing operations.

“This system is to be applied in the event that there is an aircraft that is occupying the runway or any area of operations that we have, so the special equipment will be used to remove that aircraft from that place and free it for our own operations.

“Contract sum is N2.2 billion inclusive of 7.5 per cent VAT.

“ This was issued to Messrs Globsley Project Limited; the OEM representatives are Messrs AMS Aircraft Recovery Limited,” he stated.

The FEC also approved the award of contract for direct procurement, installation and commissioning of the total radar coverage modernisation for the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, the Minister stated the contract sum is N28 billion.

“The contractors are Messrs Talas, who had been on the project and supported by Intelligent Transportation Systems Limited and Messrs. Softnet Systems Nigeria Limited and the OEMs are Messrs Talas Systems of France and Messrs HM Global of Germany,” Sirika said.

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Recall Nairametrics reported last month that Operator of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2 (MMA2), Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), indicated interest to bid in the ongoing concession of four major airport terminals by the Federal Government.