If concession of airports as planned by the Federal Government fails,Nigerians should hold the Minister of State,Aviation,Senator Hadi Sirika responsible.
Speaking at a presentation of Roadmap To Industry Stakeholders in Lagos,said Government is taking the best and right steps to ensure that the proposed concession of the airports does not fail.
Advancing reasons for his optimism,Sirika indicated that people are more knowledgeable on airport concession now than before.
In addition,he notes the steering committee will be made up of institutional representation and two representatives from the labour unions,stressing that none of his friends will be appointed into the committee to midwife the concession.It will be done transparently.
According to him,God has position Nigeria in the centre of Africa.”Our population is huge.It is too big to be ignored.Concession will bring the best from our airports as there will be more passengers using the facilities,more jobs,better pay for the workers,improved infrastructure,human capital development.
Qatar,the richest country on earth,according to the Minister concessions its airports as the best viable means of running the outfit.”The clamour for national carrier is good,but having a national carrier without having a commensurate airports that will drive it,will be a waste.We will engage the right people that will do the work”.
The Minister disclosed that Federal Government has given approval for the Aviation Security(AVSEC) of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN) to carry fire arms.He said”we have gone to the Ministry of Interior to develop inter-ministerial committee to look at the type of training to give to the AVSEC ,how they( AVSEC) will deploy their weapon and how they can recognize potential danger and how best to deploy their weapon.”
He told the gathering that more restructuring is coming in all the aviation agencies.”We want proper placement of personnel.It is on going.