The Nigerian government has provided more details of its plan to concession the four major international airports in the country.
The Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, which accounts for over 60 per cent of international flights in Nigeria; Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport; Port Harcourt International Airport and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, are all to be concessional handover to private managers, an official said, and as reported in Daily Trust newspaper.
Aviation minister Hadi Sirika allayed the fears of workers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) of any layoffs during or after the concessions.
He gave the assurance at a virtual meeting with aviation stakeholders in Lagos, on Wednesday. Rather, Mr Sirika said that more hands would be engaged as most of the airports were understaffed.
The minister informed the stakeholders that there would not be any need to sell the country’s assets, but to concession those in a manner that would modernize the airports and have them operated to create more jobs as well as generate more revenue for the country.
“In other words, we would give it up to someone who would operate them and make them better. “We will then get more money, the people will enjoy better services, the industry grows and after a certain time, the airports will come back to us,” Sirika stated.