Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission and SystemSpecs, an audit firm chaired by the boardroom guru, Dr. Christopher Kolade, have hailed the pioneering efforts of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, a member of The Resort Group and operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two, which turned 10 recently.
In separate letters to BASL, the two organisations said the resilience of the firm was responsible for the way MMA2, the first privately-funded airport terminal in Nigeria, has remained the leading airport in terms of constant maintenance of facilities.
A statement issued by BASL’s spokesman, Steve Omolale, quoted a congratulatory letter personally signed by the Director-General of ICRC, Alhaji Aminu Diko, as saying: “MMA2 is indeed a great story of a pioneering PPP initiative in the aviation industry in Nigeria and is the first successful privately-funded Design, Build, Operate and Transfer airport terminal in Nigeria, which introduced innovation to air transport management (in Nigeria).”
Omolale quoted Diko as further saying that the needless controversy surrounding the MMA2 concession with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria regarding its agreement with BASL was regrettable, adding, however: “We have received the commitment of the Honourable Minister of State, Aviation, to look into resolving the dispute in no distant future.”
The statement also said SystemSpecs in another letter addressed to the management of BASL and endorsed by the Managing Director, John Obaro, described the 10th Anniversary of MMA2 as “a landmark achievement”.
The company said: “This landmark achievement not only corroborates your rightfully-earned reputation in Nigeria’s aviation industry, it is also a testimony to Bi-Courtney’s demonstration of the positive possibilities for national advancement through Public-Private Partnership.”
Both ICRC and SystemSpecs prayed for “greater milestone” for BASL as it continues to operate MMA2 terminal in the years ahead.
The terminal was opened to flight operations on May 7, 2007 and as part of the ongoing 10th Anniversary celebrations, a Kia Rio saloon car and other prizes are up for grabs by passengers flying through the terminal in its Fly and Win promo, which ends on July 21.