Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 January 2014

Nigeria: FAAN Denies Approving Bi-Courtney's Terminal Design

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Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos

Lagos — The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has denied Bi-Courtney's claim it approved its airport.

Bi-Courtney Aviation Services had claimed "the design of the terminal (MMA Domestic Terminal 2) was approved by the federal government and FAAN after due consultation with their consultants."

Bi-Courtney had said that "FAAN was involved at every stage of the redesign and redevelopment of the project."

Yakubu Dati, the Coordinating General Manager (Communications) Aviation Parastatals said the claim is false.

"We wish to state categorically and for the umpteenth time that nothing could be further from the truth! The design that FAAN approved was for a terminal costing a total of N3.9 billion," Dati said in a statement.

Dati explained that "without approval from FAAN, Bi-Courtney went ahead on its own volition, to build a terminal different from the one originally approved by FAAN, the cost of which it put at N38 billion, nearly 10 times the approved cost."

"There was no way FAAN could have approved a terminal at a cost of N38 billion for a 12 year concession because it did not make common economic sense. We hereby urge members of the public, especially aviation stakeholders, to disregard that bogus claim by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services which we believe was designed to deceive members of the public as usual," he said.

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