FG urged to privatise airports
The Federal Government has been advised to privatise the 27 local and international airports in the country, as Nigeria does not need a national career.
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin at the weekend, the MD/CEO of the Med-View Airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole, said that Nigeria had grown beyond getting involved in some business concerns.
“On issue of national carrier for the country, I will say Nigeria needs not get involved. We’ve grown beyond the issue of government getting involved in certain things.
“I was in Nigeria Airways for about 30 years. So, I can tell you why airlines fail; eighty percent is government interference. When you own something and you’re not adding to it, it will collapse. Or when you set up a business and there’s no professional or competent hands to run it, it will fail.
“The allegiance of people you put there are to those who put them there. I put you there, you give me something in return and nothing for development of the project. That’s why business concerns collapse everyday,” he said.
The aviation expert, who said there were only four standard airports; Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt and Kaduna airports, out of the 27 airports in the country, added that the nation’s airports should be developed to attract investment.