16th May, 2016
The Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. 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.’’
He 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 him, 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
Sirika also said that the state of the Abuja airport runway was a
source of concern.
He said government may consider closing down the airport as a form of
He 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, Sept. 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
equipment,’’ he stated.