Workers Vow to Resist Concession of Four Nigerian Airports

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Workers in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) have vowed to take all reasonable measures to stop the plan by government to concession the four busiest airports in the country owned and operated by FAAN.

The decision was taken by all the labour unions under FAAN on the basis that the planned concessions of the Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt airports lacked transparency.

Recently the Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika had admitted a representative of the unions into a Committee he had set up to advise the Government on the exercise.

According to the unions, the committee had developed a work plan which it submitted to the Minister and obtained the minister’s approval to implement the said work plan.

It was also gathered that one of the criteria for the appointment of transaction advisers on airport concession is one of the term of reference of the Committee.

The unions however, expressed their lack of trust and loss of confidence in the Minister for the recent appointment of transaction advisers on airport concession without any input from the working Committee.

“It is a national shame; it shows the whole exercise is a charade. They said at the time the Minister made the appointment, the Committee had prosecuted only about 45 per cent of its work plan and had not even discussed the modalities for the appointment of transaction adviser”, said a committee member.

For this reason, the unions have resolved to boycott the stakeholders meeting scheduled for the 25th May 2017 in Lagos as a mark of protest.

“This Minister has the habit of making pronouncements before calling stakeholders for discussion” one of the labour leaders further added.

They vowed to continue to fight against forces within the government that are bent on ceding governments prime investments cheaply to third party cronies in the guise of concession.

Reacting further, the union members insisted that, until all labour issues are resolved, they will not allow the Minister to get away with “his draconian policies targeted at concessioning of the major sources of FAAN revenue.”

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