Association lauds airports concession plans by FG

The Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART) on Monday lauded the recent decision of the Federal Government to concession some of the country’s airports.

Mr Olu Ohunayo, the spokesperson of the association, made this known in a statement in Lagos.

The Federal Government had on June 24 commenced the concession process for four new international airport terminals selected across the country.

Tolu Ogunlesi, the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Digital/New Media, had disclosed via his Twitter handle.

The airports are Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano.

Ohunayo said: “We do not need to remind industry stakeholders of the challenges facing our airports in the management and funding, which could be best ameliorated by a well packaged concession programme.

“Desirable as the steps are, the Aviation Round Table is cautiously optimistic that the process will be transparently done.

“Due process and the rule of law would be observed by the government in addressing the interests of all stakeholders in the industry to ensure industrial peace and harmony.

“The series of unresolved litigations and acrimony from concessions made in recent past have compromised the atmosphere of trust and confidence desirable in the industry.”

He,therefore, urged all those involved in the concession process to exercise due diligence in order to reach a conclusion in the best interest of the nation.