Private Operators To Manage Lagos Airport, Three Others

Lagos AirportThe federal government has announced plans to concession four major airports as part of efforts to develop and secure the aviation sector and diversify the nation’s economy.

Addressing aviation industry players ‎in Abuja, the Minister of State for Aviation, Captain Hadi Sirika, announced that the airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt will be managed by private sector operators.

He also announced plans by the federal government to establish aviation development bank and an aviation university to provide funding and quality technical manpower for the industry.

It was the first aviation stakeholders’ forum since the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari came on board.

The Minister reiterated the commitment of the federal government to fast track the development of the sector through public private partnership.

He used the occasion to announce the streamlining of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the creation of employment opportunities for Nigerian pilots.

Although the presentation of the Minister received an applause from the stakeholders, some of them expressed concerns about the activities of some agencies under the ministry.

Others appealed to the federal government to urgently address the challenges being faced in the industry.

The one day forum which attracted airline operators, pilots and captains of the aviation industry is aimed at strengthening the sector towards efficient service delivery.

House Of Reps Investigates Malpractices By Airline Operators

House Of Reps Chairmanship: Two Members Reject PositionsThe House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Aviation to investigate malpractices by airline operators in Nigeria’s airspace and their treatment of passengers.

The decision was reached on Tuesday during plenary, after Honourable Rita Orji moved a motion on the need for airline operators in Nigeria to adhere to international best practices.

Some of the lawmakers, who contributed while deliberating on the motion, said airline operators in Nigeria engaged in many malpractices, ranging from cancellation of scheduled flights to outright sale of ticket by its passengers.

The leadership of the House of Representatives also met with chairmen and deputy chairmen of the standing committees in the House.

At the meeting, the Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, got a reassurance of unflinching support from the chairmen and deputy chairmen of the standing committees in the House.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, the Chief Whip of the lower chamber, Honourable Ado Alhassan, said only two lawmakers rejected the position of chairman given to them by the Speaker.