Pensioners challenge Sirika to come clean on airport concession 

By John Omoaka

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) branch of the National Union of Pensioners (NUP) has challenged the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika to make public the blueprint of the proposed concession of the four viable international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt.

The challenge was contained in a statement jointly signed by the national chairman of the branch, Comrade Rasaki Ope and administrative secretary, Comrade Emeka Njoku.

They faulted some of the reasons given by the minister for the concession of the airports, adding that officials of the airport authority have managed the facility profitably in the past.

“Let the minister bring out the blueprint of all those he wants to concession our sovereignty to so that the security agents can investigate their activities.

“We have listened attentively to his proposal to concession the four viable airports without any recourse to some vital issues which are of of concern to this nation,” the pensioners said.

They urged the minister to exercise caution in preparing the airports for concession without serious consideration for national security.

“In our recent position, we mentioned about security and we also said airports that airports are not primarily built to make profits, but to link this nation with other countries in the world, therefore it should be guided with all necessary machinery.

“He mentioned the lack of management performance. If he feels the present management of FAAN is not competent, he should bring good hands to manage the airports. If he lacks appointment clue, we can help him select competent hands,” they added.

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