No state government will be allowed to participate in airport concession process – Sirika

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has declared the concession exercise of the Federal government is open to all qualified entities but has said no sub-national government will be allowed to participate in the concession of the nations four major international airports.

He made this known earlier today during a virtual stakeholder’s meeting to update on the concession of the four international airports: Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

The Minister who was responding to reactions from presentations at the conference also said that the nation’s airports will not lose staff as by ICAO statistics Nigeria was short handed with regards aviation personnel and so many will be redeployed as government has taken responsibility for other state-owned airports.

Sirika who presented an argument on why states will not be allowed to participate in the concession said government was trying to remove the airports from the national government to private entities and will not be handing over to a sub-national government.

He said, “What I can say emphatically, is that no state government will be allowed to participate to get this concession because the argument is, we are taking this concession from federal government to private sector, we cannot give from one government to another government, in fact to a lesser government which is a sub national, this will not happen but any private sector  any private entity with proven record that is able to demonstrate  will be allowed to participate and the best will emerge.

Reacting to Mr.Aliyu Magashi Mustapha on whether the Organised Private Sector of Kano can participate in the process, Sirika assured that it was quite possible if the organization had the technical capacity, foundational capacity as well as the experience and expertise as will be proven during the process.

He said,”This process (Concession) is for anyone that has the capacity, the technical capacity, the foundational capacity, the experience, the wherewithal and is interested to participate. So whether you are organized private sector or a private entity you are free to participate so long as you can prove within the process that you can give us value for our money you can participate in the process you will be allowed.

Unions fear for jobs but i keep saying they will not lose their jobs because number one: we currently by the findings of ICAO, we are understaffed in so many areas and we need to recruit people  so we need all hands to manage our airports.

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