Nigeria to franchise its four international airports

Nigeria will concession four international airports in the first phase of its concession program with private investors in a move to finance rehabilitation works, Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika has said.

Speaking at an Aviation Stakeholders Forum in Abuja, the nation’s capital city on Monday, the Nigerian official said the government will concession the Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano international airports.

He said the current facilities at the airports did not meet international standard and best practices in the aviation industry, adding that private sector involvement was the way forward.

He said the government was committed to upgrading the existing facilities at the airports as well as developing new strategy to re-positioning the sector.

The minister also stated that a comprehensive security check and vulnerability assessment of the airports had been carried out to ensure that airports were secured.

“We are developing a new security strategy in partnership with international security organizations and for procurement of modern equipment,” the minister told his audience.

Source: Xinhua