02 November 2020 by Aisha Adesanyan
The House of Representatives, Committee on Aviation has directed the Ministry of Aviation to suspend the proposed concessioning of four airports in the country.
The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Nnolim Nnaji gave the resolution on behalf of the Committee, after the Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika failed to appear before the Committee for the fourth time.
Mr Nnaji said the Committee invited the Minister to discuss and resolve issues raised by labour unions in the aviation sector during a meeting with the ctommittee.
The issues according to him include, concession of four airports, lack of transparency in the exercise, labour issues, the Chinese loans, the legal issues that may arise from the existing concessions and the lack of proper evaluation of the present status of the affected airports.
The Committee chairman explained that they had also received several letters from stakeholders both in favour and against the Airports’ Concession .
Mr Nnaji therefore, ordered that the concession of the four Airports, should be put on hold, pending the resolution of the contentious issues raised by the Unions and other stakeholders, to avoid industrial actions that may further cripple the already distressed industry.
He expressed the hope that at the end of the day, their intervention would provide the opportunity for all the parties to reach a common ground, that would move the aviation industry forward.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr.Hassan Musa, who represented the Minster at the meeting, pleaded for more time, to allow the Minister appear before the Committee nothing that the ministry was committed to ensuring that due process was followed in the consessioning process.