The Federal Government is well underway with plans to concession some of the nation’s badly run airports to private firms, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi disclosed on Wednesday.
Amaechi was in Lagos alongside his team to have a first-hand feel of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport.
Accompanying Amaechi on the visit were the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Muhtar Usman; Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Saleh Dunoma; and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Ibrahim Abdulsalam; among others.
“As a result of limited resources for capital project development, the government is exploring the possibility of private sector participation towards the realisation of the industries’ potential,” said Amaechi who lamented that out of the four conveyor belts in the Lagos airport, two had broken down.
Amaechi said reviving the near comatose transport facilities in the country is at the heart of President Buhari’s agenda to turn Nigeria around because the sector is key to all of society’s interactions.
“The government of President Muhammadu Buhari is in the process of developing a national transportation master plan that will be implemented as a fulfillment of one of his campaign promises to diversify the national economy while improving non-oil sector revenues.
“While reducing dependence on oil revenues, it will also develop the rural economy, reduce unemployment and urban drift.
“Nigeria suffers the bane of inadequate transportation but perhaps worse than other countries. Nigeria’s huge population puts enormous pressure on a very poor transport infrastructure that bedevils the nation,” the Minister said.