Nigeria to concession four major international airports, rules out workers sack

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Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika says the concession of four major airports in the country is open to all qualified entities except state governments.

Sirika made the remarks during an update on the concession plans for the four international airports in Kano, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja.

He disclosed that the Murtala Muhammed Airport terminals would bring investment worth over N30 billion annually, which would be aided by the construction of a rail line to link both the domestic and international terminals.

Sirika explained that the decision to concession the airports was to ensure that the government was relieved of control of the aviation facilities, adding that it will boost the nation’s earnings.

The minister, however, informed the meeting that there was an urgent need for infrastructure investments and modernisation, saying the facilities required investments in runway maintenance, among others.

“There is relatively low asset utilisation due to the limited opening hours of other smaller Nigerian airports; lack of terminal capacity as the airports fall short of gates, stands, and check-in desks.

“The airports have not been designed as international hubs but operate separate international and domestic terminals,” he said.

He also assured industry workers, especially those of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) that no worker would lose his or her job on account of the exercise.

 




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