The Nigeria Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi has led a team comprising officials of the Ministry, agencies and organized labour in the aviation industry on an inspection tour of two successfully concessioned airports in an effort to ensure transparency, inclusiveness as well as demonstrate sincerity in the Airport concession programme and choose the right model.
The minister led-team which visited the Istanbul Airport in Turkey and the Brasilia Airport in Brazil includes the Rector of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria, Captain Alkali Modibbo, the Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Matthew Lawrence Pwajok, the Transaction Adviser on Airport Concession, Dr Abba Ibrahim and the Director-General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Michael Ohiani.
Others on the entourage includes the Senior Technical Assistant to the Minister, Yusuf Anas, Special Assistant to the Minister on Administration, Ahmed Sanusi, Secretary-General of the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), Saidu Abdulrazak, Secretary-General of NUATE, Ocheme Abah, and Adenike Adesola (CSS).
Sirika emphasized that the essence of the visit to the two airports was to dispel all doubts and suspicions regarding the sincerity of the Federal Government in respect of the concession programme and also to reassure the Labour force of the inherent benefits of the programme.
The minister stated further that the choice of the two airports was based on their popularity, size and their success stories in concession, which according to him will serve as a guide on the concession model and contribute to the successful delivery of the programme.
He also reassured of the Government’s commitment so that the principles of transparency and accountability which have been the hallmark of the process from the inception will remain till the final delivery of the project.
The team was presented at the two airports with visual stories of their transition and the positive impact of their concessions.