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FG to Concession Abuja, Lagos, Kano & Port Harcourt Airports

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Murtala Muhammed International Airport 2The Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, says the Federal Government will concession the Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano international airports in the first phase of its concession programme.

Sirika disclosed this at the 2016 Aviation Stakeholders Forum on Monday in Abuja.

“The thinking is that just like every other place in the world, we will concession our airports and we are beginning with the big four: Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano.

It would have been ideal to take them to some level of acceptance for them to attract more. But I think we just get those guys who believe that in Nigeria they can create a hub geographically given by God.

To come and put in their money and create this hub, build these airports, concession them, run them and make money out of them,” she said.

Sirika said that the current facilities at the airports did not meet international standard and best practices in the aviation industry, adding that private sector involvement was the way forward.

According to Sirika, if the government is able to concession the four airports successfully in the first phase, it will pay attention to providing infrastructure and developing domestic airports for optimal
performance.

Sirika also said that the state of the Abuja airport runway was a source of concern, pointing out that government may consider closing down the airport as form of safety precaution.

The minister said that government was committed to upgrading the existing facilities at the airports as well as developing new strategy to repositioning the sector.

The minister also stated that a comprehensive security check and vulnerability assessment of the airports had been carried out to ensure that airports were properly secured.

According to him, every huge major disaster in the world such as the Pearl Habour attack, September 11 attack on the U.S. among others, are aviation related disasters.

“Safety is the main focus in aviation because, the time a passenger arrives airport, when he takes off and land is very important. We are developing a new security strategy in partnership with
international security organisations and procurement of modern equipments,” he said.

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9 Comments

  1. Ajala & Foodie

    May 17, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Will this concession be like ongoing “concession” with NEPA/PHCN or whatever name they go by now? Will we still have to deal with government officials that just go around harass people instead of doing the jobs they are hired to do. That is, would the new owners be stuck with unruly employees who they can’t do anything about, i.e custom officials? I don’t see how custom officials can be private employees, i.e you don’t see TSA being a private entity. So why would anyone pay millions/billions of $$$ to be stuck with the governments liability???. If i were be interested in something like this then i will want to revamp the entire airport, employees included, I would not want those custom officials associated with my company. I will want people to come in and feel welcome and that goes beyond just fixing up amenities but on ground employees will have to play a critical role in all of this. So which way forward???

    • Anyanwu Chimaobim

      May 17, 2016 at 6:59 am

      I concur with you on this. The ideal thing is to overhaul the whole system if one is to undertake such concessions.

  2. Ajala & Foodie

    May 17, 2016 at 12:42 am

    ****the ongoing*******, *****harassing****

  3. Tumi

    May 17, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Let us try something else,most parts of our airports are in a disgraceful state,Customs are different from the administrators that will be saddled with the responsibility of keeping the airport clean and befitting to a great nation.The fantastically corrupt officials will be under new regulators,We in support.

  4. Ch

    May 17, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Clueless….When airports become such a big thing for government to manage and they are thinking of concession, then there’s a big problem. What can the government actually handle?

    • Ephi

      May 17, 2016 at 10:54 am

      You are the one that needs to educate yourself. Major airports around the world e.g. Heathrow are privately owned because it is more efficient that way than for the government to run.

    • ECO101

      May 17, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Government have no business doing business!

    • ECO101

      May 17, 2016 at 11:35 am

      *has*

  5. Nene

    May 17, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Maybe, just maybe this will make our airports look better. Nigerian airports r so depressing

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