Stakeholders blame industry’s woes on policy summersaults
THE Chairman of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, Dr. Wale Babalakin has attributed the problems of the aviation industry to consistent policy summersaults by successive administrations at the centre.
Babalakin made the disclosure yesterday in Lagos at a seminar organised by the Aviation Round Table, ART, with the team ‘Airport Ownership, Viability, Safety and Security of Nigerian Airports.
He specifically pointed out that in the past 10 years, the industry has had 10 ministers who came with different ideas and policies, wondering how government’s policy could be consistently followed and attained by this continued of ministers.
He recalled that several privatisation exercises had either been truncated or enmeshed in controversies due to inconsistence in government’s policies, stressing that this had made Public Private Participation, (PPP), unattractive to prospective investors while others were forced out halfway in their agreement.
Babalakin insisted that airport development could only take place under a well-articulated system, noting that players in the sector must develop the rule of law to improve resolution process.
Babalakin called for the classification of the country’s 22 airports into four zones namely; Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano for more productivity.