FAAN unions kick against FG’s concession of 4 Airports
All the labour unions in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) have vowed to take all reasonable measures to stop the planned concession of the 4 viable international airports owned and operated by FAAN by the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.
It would be recalled that following earlier objections by the unions about the lack of transparency in the government’s plans to concession the Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt airports, the Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika admitted a representative of the unions into a Committee he had set up to advise the Government on the exercise.
According to the unions, the committee had developed a work plan which it submitted to the Minister and obtained the minister’s approval to implement the said work plan.
It was also gathered that one of the criteria for the appointment of transaction advisers on airport concession was part of the terms of reference given to the Committee.
The unions however, expressed their lack of trust and loss of confidence in the Minister for the recent appointment of transaction advisers on airport concession without any input from the working Committee.
“It is a national shame; it shows the whole exercise is a charade.” They said adding that at the time the Minister made the appointment, the Committee had prosecuted only about 45% of its work plan and had not even discussed the modalities for the appointment of transaction adviser..
For this reason, the unions have resolved to boycott the stakeholders’ meeting scheduled to hold on the 25th May 2017 in Lagos as a mark of protest.
“This Minister has the habit of making pronouncements before calling stakeholders for discussion” one of the labour leaders further observed.
They vowed to continue to fight against forces within the government that were bent on ceding governments prime investments cheaply to third party cronies in the guise of concession.
Reacting further, the members insisted that, until all labour issues were resolved, they would not allow the Minister to get away with “his draconian policies targeted at concessioning of the major sources of FAAN revenue