Air­port con­ces­sion: Proserve won trans­par­ent bid, com­pany says

Weekly Trust - - News - Nathaniel Bi­van Saawua Terzungwe

Proserve En­ergy Ser­vices Lim­ited yes­ter­day dis­missed a story in an on­line medium that said it was im­prop­erly se­lected as trans­ac­tion ad­viser in the con­ces­sion­ing of four na­tional air­ports, say­ing it emerged as the pre­ferred bid­der “af­ter a very com­pet­i­tive, rig­or­ous and trans­par­ent bid process.”

The on­line medium had said in a story last Tues­day that Proserve is an oil and gas com­pany that should not have been cho­sen as the trans­ac­tion ad­viser.

In a state­ment it is­sued yes­ter­day, Proserve’s man­age­ment de­scribed the story as “not only false but con­tains wild and reck­less al­le­ga­tions on mat­ters of public pro­cure­ment which could have eas­ily been ver­i­fied from the rel­e­vant agen­cies of Gov­ern­ment.” The im­me­di­ate Le­gal Ad­viser, na­tional care­taker com­mit­tee of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Bar­ris­ter Mo­hammed Kabir Us­man, has said the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) has not ful­fill its pledges to since it was elected in 2015.

He said from ed­u­ca­tion, health­care, in­fra­struc­ture to eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion, hu­man ca­pac­ity de­vel­op­ment and val­ues and ethics, the gov­ern­ment has scored low.

In a state­ment in Abuja yes­ter­day, Us­man also said fi­nan­cial pro­bity, anti-cor­rup­tion war, un­em­ploy­ment, se­cu­rity have not be prop­erly ad­dressed.

Ac­cord­ing to him, “…the of­fi­cial creed of the Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari-led fed­eral gov­ern­ment of

It said “con­trary to the false rep­re­sen­ta­tions in the pub­li­ca­tion, Proserve in con­junc­tion with a con­sor­tium of rep­utable in­ter­na­tional con­sul­tants emerged as pre­ferred bid­ders and ac­cord­ingly en­gaged as Trans­ac­tion Ad­vis­ers by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment of Nige­ria through the Fed­eral Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion for the con­ces­sion of some air­ports in Nige­ria af­ter a rig­or­ous pro­cure­ment process.”

It said “the Con­sor­tium con­sists of a team of highly ex­pe­ri­enced in­ter­na­tional con­sul­tants cut­ting across the sphere of Public-Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (fi­nan­cial, tech­ni­cal and le­gal as­pects), busi­ness plan­ning and de­mand fore­cast­ing; en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial im­pact as­sess­ment, in­fra­struc­ture con­ces­sion­ing and fi­nan­cial mod­el­ing amongst oth­ers. The Con­sor­tium con­sists of some of the most the All Pro­gres­sives Congress is propaganda first, ev­ery other thing much later.”

Us­man ex­plained that Pres­i­dent Buhari-led gov­ern­ment started on a very poor foot­ing which could have been ig­nored be­cause they ar­rived un­pre­pared for the busi­ness of lead­ing a na­tion.

He noted that Nige­ria, though Nige­ria with plenty strength in di­ver­sity, re­cent hap­pen­ings strongly sug­gests that be­yond their un­pre­pared­ness lies a deep de­sire to keep peo­ple per­ma­nently bonded to ex­treme poverty and dis­unity.

The for­mer le­gal ad­viser noted that it re­mained to be ex­plained why un­der the APC, un­em­ploy­ment has risen to nearly 15 per cent with the fi­nance and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tors lead­ing with mas­sive job cuts. renowned names in global avi­a­tion in­dus­try in their re­spec­tive ar­eas of spe­cial­iza­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to Proserve, “be­fore the award of the con­tract to the con­sor­tium as Trans­ac­tion Ad­vis­ers, there was an ad­ver­tise­ment in the Daily Trust News­pa­per of Mon­day, June 13, 2016 and an­other pub­li­ca­tion by the Fed­eral Min­istry of Trans­port call­ing for Ex­pres­sion of In­ter­est (EOI).

“The Con­sor­tium sub­mit­ted its EOI to the Min­istry of Trans­port in 2016 in ac­cor­dance with the ad­ver­tise­ment. There­after, the Con­sor­tium was short­listed and in­vited to sub­mit a pro­posal. It is sur­pris­ing that de­spite the fact that the pro­cure­ment process was ad­ver­tised in the News­pa­pers for the at­ten­tion of the gen­eral mem­bers of the public, the process was said to be shrouded in ‘se­crecy’,” the state­ment said.

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