FAAN moves forward from SITA impasse, takes delivery of RESA equipment
The Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Rabiu Yadudu, said that the airport managers had moved forward from the Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA) controversy which surfaced since its 10-year contract expired last year.
The FAAN president made this statement on the Red Carpet at the 25th LAAC Annual Conference & Awards held at the Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, on Wednesday, 28th July 2020. He said that all FAAN wanted was to improve the process, which brought about challenges.
According to him, FAAN has begun delivering equipment for RESA of France, the company replacing SITA, which will provide services to all five international airports, not two.
“I believe FAAN has already moved forward,” he said. We decided to improve the entire process, which caused the whole issue. FAAN decided to improve the process when the 10-year SITA contract for Lagos and Abuja airports expired last year. While the SITA contract ran, some services were not provided by SITA.
However, FAAN renewed the service through an open procurement process. There are only two or three companies in the world that offer this type of service. We placed the advertisement, two companies responded, but SITA’s response was poor. They provided foreign documents. Obviously, the one who responded with our own documents won. It’s been a long history, but it’s all behind us now.
Mr. President has already approved the new contract and the project. We have expanded the process from two airports to now cover all five international airports – Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, and Enugu. In the end, we will all benefit from it.
“We have already begun receiving equipment from RESA of France. We got a better deal because FAAN followed the right procurement process. By the middle of next month, we will be ready to move forward, he said
Tour Telegraph had found out during the heat of the challenge, which led to manual check-in and a lot of hardship to travelers, that when SITA was operating, they were not providing all the services on their contract and said they would give FAAN a refund but insisted on service provision, not cash, tying the airport managers to their service.
Among the services SITA did not provide for Abuja are the Baggage Reconciliation System, Flight Information Display System (FIDS), self-service kiosks, and Local Departure Control Data, which were part of their contract.
A highly placed source told Tour Telegraph in FAAN that the contract RESA gave meant that FAAN had licenses and did not have to pay $307,000 a month like in the previous contract where they only had to pay $307,000 for two airports.
FAAN would pay one-time for servicing instead of $400,000 per month.
Yadudu said there were hardly any policy conflicts or disagreements with operators as everything boils down to understanding.
According to him, there are not many policies that conflict with the operators. It requires a question of interpretation. The policies and implementations are the same. It is the interpretation that differs. However, you will all arrive at the same decision (if the interpretation is correct).
The same intention is being served. However, if you have the wrong interpretation, we must agree that the regulator’s interpretation is wrong. It is the regulator’s responsibility to clarify misunderstandings.” There is no fundamental misunderstanding or conflict between stakeholders’ goals and policy objectives.