Only private investors can manage airports effectively –Tukur
The Federal Government has been advised to follow up with the planned privatisation of four of the airports in the country. The airports earmarked for privatisation by government are the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, (NAA), Abuja, the Port Harcourt Airport and Mallam Aminu Kano Airport (MAKIA), Kano.
Speaking to New Telegraph in Lagos, a former General Secretary, Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Alhaji Muhammed Tukur, said that the privatisation of the airports would bring more vibrancy to them, insisting that government had no business with airport management.
He noted that the Murtala Muhammed Airport II (MMA2), managed by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), remained the best terminal in the country because it is being managed by a private investor. Also, a former Commandant, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, Group Captain John Ojikutu (rtd), advised that privatisation of major aerodromes in the country should be done in clusters with the unviable ones.
He explained that this was the only way the Federal Government could achieve its objective in the aviation industry. Ojikutu, who spoke exclusively with New Telegraph, said that privatisation of the Lagos airport must be done along with three or four unviable ones spread across the North, East and West.