‘We Must Review Past Agreements before Concessioning Airports’The Federal Government has been urged to review past concession agreements and address its sticking points before giving airports out to new investors.
Besides, concerned stakeholders have also asked for a clear-cut master plan on airport concessioning; seeking details on aspects of the facilities that are for private investments. The stakeholders that recently met at an aviation conference in Lagos said settling old scores and clarity on what to do with the airports will given confidence to new investors and ensure better bargain for the Federal Government.
Former Director of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Engr. Harold Demuren, recalled that past efforts on concessioning have not yielded the desired result and lessons must be learnt in going forward.Demuren noted a classic case in government’s handling of the Nigerian airways and the plan to restructure the airline.
ICAO Commends FG for Efforts to Develop Air Travel Sector
|President of ICAO, Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu .PHOTO CREDIT: guardian.ng|
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has acknowledged the Federal Government’s effort to reposition the aviation sector and set it on the path of growth.
President of ICAO, Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu, in Montreal, Canada, said efforts in the area of capacity building, infrastructure development and security were preparing the sector in Nigeria and the region for growth.
Aliu, while receiving the visiting government’s delegate in Canada, expressed delight seeing steps being taken on a number of initiatives and activities discussed during his last visit to Abuja. He said: “I have taken note of all the efforts you are putting in place to advance these issues to raise the level of aviation development in Nigeria and in the region.
“In particular in the area of capacity building, I have read many times your reference with the need of Nigeria to have an aviation university. You have also been talking about the need to enhance the level of training in Zaria. “From the information reaching me, it seems as far as Zaria, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology becoming a regional training center of excellence we are on course on that. We will soon have very good news in respect to that with the process of assessment,” Aliu said.In the area of security, he recalled that the result of the last audit was quite heartwarming with “Nigeria scoring over 96 per cent in our audit”.