Minister of State for Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika has assured workers in the aviation industry in Nigeria not to loose sleep over their job security as the Federal Government is not out to kill businesses in the country.
The Minister who gave the assurance while addressing union leaders in the industry about government’s planned to concession four major airports said the project would be transparently done,would not be done like that between the Government and Bi-Courtney Aviation Services that till today still generating controversy.
“Don’t look at concession from what we have in Bi-Courtney,believe you me what you heard here from me about concession is the plain truth.Or if there is any other way you think we can find that quantum of money to turn around our airports,please let us know,we would be ready to listen to you”.
On the lists for the proposed concession are the Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos,Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Abuja,Port-Harcourt and Aminun Kano for proper management.
Sirika who met with the leadership of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria(ATSSSAN) Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN) branch and the National Union of Air Transport Employees(NUATE) during which he explained the Federal Government’s position on the concession.
In his words”you see government has no plans whatsoever to sell national assets but it was sheer misconception.But the truth is that government does not have money to invest and even if they could,with the sheer bureaucracy it could take 10 years nd Nigerians are tired of what is on ground and want something new.”