Keyamo Pushes Forward with Airport Concession Plans Amidst Massive Sack - The Top Society

Keyamo Pushes Forward with Airport Concession Plans Amidst Massive Sack

Minister of Aviation and Aerospace, Festus Keyamo, has affirmed his commitment to the concession of five major international airports, including Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt, and Enugu. Keyamo unveiled this plan during a budget presentation to the Joint Committee on Aviation Technology, stating that he has taken the concession proposals to the National Assembly.
Highlighting the need for transparency in the process, Keyamo informed lawmakers about the shortcomings of previous concession arrangements and emphasized that concession remains the most viable approach for the development of these airports.
The move echoes the challenges faced by the former aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, when he proposed similar concession plans, encountering resistance from aviation workers.
In his budget presentation, Keyamo revealed that he had written a memo to President Bola Tinubu outlining the concession plans for the five airports. He expressed concerns about the current state of the aviation sector, stressing that the performance of the 2023 budget stands at 40% based on the released funds.
Approximately N63 billion has been appropriated for the aviation ministry and its agencies, according to Keyamo. He identified critical projects, including the urgent attention required for the Abuja second runway and the facelift and rehabilitation of the old terminal building at the Lagos airport.
Keyamo’s statements coincide with recent changes in the leadership of the aviation ministry’s agencies. President Tinubu removed all heads of these agencies and announced replacements. In a statement by presidential spokesperson Ajuri Ngelale, it was revealed that Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Tayib Adetunj, was removed and replaced by Engr. Umar Ahmed Farouk.
Additionally, Director-General of the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Engr. Akinola Olateru, was replaced by Alex Badeh Jr. as the substantive Director-General. The move signals a potential shift in leadership as the ministry navigates the challenges and future developments in the aviation sector.
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