FAAN, Unions, ICRC Disagree With FG Over Planned Concession Of Airports

Lagos – Workers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), industry unions and officials of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) yesterday kicked against the planned concession of four airports by the Federal Government.

Participants at a three-day sensitisation programme on Public Private Participation (PPP) put together by the management of FAAN said that the planned concession agreement as proposed by the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika did not follow the due process.

Sources at the meeting confided in our correspondent that the meeting, which was held at the Conference Room of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos said that the model adopted by the government was not transparent enough while key people who should drive the process were exempted from the exercise.

At the meeting, which started on Monday and would end today, Wednesday also involved senior management staff of FAAN.

Director of Commercial and Business Development, Mr. Sadiku Rafiundadi, and Director of Finance and Accounts, Mrs. Nike Aboderin, were at the Monday’s meeting, but were absent at the Tuesday’s meeting, but Heads Human Resources and Welfare were represented at the meeting.

Also at the meeting Monday and yesterday’s meetings were leaderships of the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), National Union of Pensioners (NUP) and National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE).

A source at the meeting confided in our correspondent that the unions queried their non-involvement in the hiring of Transaction Advisers (TA) and the exact areas to be concessioned by the government in the exercise.

The unions also asked questions on the blueprint of the proposed concession and wanted to know why the government did not exploit other favourable types of concessioning that would create more jobs and boost internally generated revenue for FAAN.

Also, a letter inviting the delegates for the meeting, dated November 8, 2017 and signed by the Managing Director of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma had informed the unions and workers about the commencement of the meeting with ICRC.

The letter with the subject: “Sensitisation on Public Private Partnership and on the Appointed of Transaction Advisers (Consultants) for four International Airports”, requested for five representatives from each union, Deputy General Managers, Assistant General Managers and two delegates and staff from each department.

The letter read in part: “The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), the agency saddled with the responsibility to regulate the concession of government infrastructure has indicated its interest to carry a three-day’s sensitisation exercise (from 13th to 15th November 2017) for union leaders, top management staff and staff generally.”

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Author: Olusegun Koiki