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Concession of airports not an immediate thing—FAAN

Contrary to insinuations that the twist introducing concessioning of four leading international airports is a ploy by the federal government to run away from continuation of upgrading all the 22 airport terminals in the country, the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has said remodelling will continue.

Though former administration could not complete the remodeling process, current government is continuing the scheme and has assured to touch all 22 of them.

Already, the Minister of State for Aviation, Capt. Hadi Serika had assured that after the completion of work in Lagos and Abuja, the Port Harcourt International and Akanu Ibiam International Airport terminals’ facelift begin until every airport in Nigeria is upgraded in terms of infrastructure.

Giving the insights weekend, the Corporate Affairs General Manager, FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu said, “The concession is not an immediate thing; so, while it is ongoing, FAAN will still go on with its statutory functions. All our remodelling plans are still in place; we are not stopping because airports are going to be given out as concession.

“Construction work is still ongoing at the four terminals that we were working on before the concession approval and everything will continue normally. The remodelling of these major ones will continue without any disruption. The other airports will be taken care of when the concession has taken place.”

Facelifts at the airports, according to Mrs. Yakubu would cut across the chillers, travellators and escalators, conveyor belts currently out of use, check-in counters and toilets, among others.