By Chinedu Eze
Several years after the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport’s befitting car park was destroyed for a still-born hospitality facility, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in partnership with Seymour Aviation Limited has built the most modern car park facility at the airport.
The project which has a capacity for 1,300 comprising of six floors was an experiment of Public, Private Partnership (PPP) and funded by Fidelity Bank Plc.
Speaking during the inauguration of the facility, the Managing Director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, said the facility was long overdue and also timely as “it will improve passenger facilitation and reduce the menace of indiscriminate parking within and around the airport”.
He noted that the project was one of the numerous partnerships FAAN had carried out with the private sector investors and was exploring to improve the infrastructural developments at our airports through more PPP arrangement.
Dunoma who was represented by Salisu Daura, the Executive Director of FAAN in charge of Engineering Service, explained that the “event is a testament of a Public Private Partnership with FAAN and Seymour Aviation Limited.
“The facility which is being commissioned today is a six level car park facility of 1,300 cars parking capacity built on a land measuring 9119.969m2, with a 30 years tenure”.
Applauding the commitment of the management of FAAN and Fidelity bank (financiers of the project) in seeing to the completion of the project, he stated that “this event wouldn’t have been possible without the cooperation of FAAN personnel and financial support of Fidelity bank Plc”.
Also speaking Balarabe Mohammed, the deputy managing director of Fidelity bank Plc, stated that his company’s involvement in the financing of the project was “in line with our general philosophy that whatever we do, we must touch the lives of people”, just as he added that the bank will continue to support developmental projects.
“Car parking in the facility costs N500 and N600 per hour respectively for cars and SUVs, while additional parking hour attracts N100 only. It costs N1000 for buses and N200 for additional hour. However, you must be very careful with your parking ticket as loss of ticket attracts a penalty of N5000 plus payment for time used,” Mohammed Explained.
Managing Director of Seymour Aviation Limited, Francis Ikenga, said the multi-level car park was conceived as part of the company’s corporate aim of supporting FAAN’s objectives of making MMA a hub for the West African aviation industry and destination of choice to airport service providers and end users.