FG urged to pri­va­tise air­ports

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

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.

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