FAAN work­ers meet ICRC over air­port con­ces­sion

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

In con­tin­u­a­tion of avi­a­tion unions’ en­gage­ments with stake­hold­ers and rel­e­vant agen­cies of gov­ern­ment over the pro­posed con­ces­sion of four in­ter­na­tional air­ports - La­gos, Abuja, Port-Har­court and Kano some work­ers’ unions met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the In­fra­struc­ture Con­ces­sion Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (ICRC).

The meet­ing, it was learnt, was at the in­stance of the Fed­eral Air­ports Au­thor­ity of Nige­ria(FAAN) as part of the on­go­ing con­sul­ta­tions on the planned con­ces­sion which the unions had ear­lier kicked against.

ICRC has a mis­sion to sen­si­tize both man­age­ment and the unions on pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ship (PPP) as it ap­plies to the af­fected air­ports.

Both par­ties had enough time to ar­tic­u­late their points which em­anated from se­ries of pre­sen­ta­tions made by ICRC and those from pre­vi­ous en­gage­ments.

Is­sues raised at the meet­ing in­cluded the fail­ure to carry the work­ers along in the con­ces­sion and the ap­point­ment of trans­ac­tion ad­vis­ers; the ex­act part of the af­fected air­ports to be con­ces­sioned; the role of ICRC in MMA2 con­ces­sion so far and why the gov­ern­ment is not ex­ploit­ing other favourable types of con­ces­sions that would cre­ate more jobs and boost in­ter­nally gen­er­ated rev­enue?

How­ever, Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the Nige­ria Union of Air Trans­port Em­ploy­ees (NUATE), Com­rade Olayinka Abioye, told Daily Trust that the union was not in­vited to the gath­er­ing, say­ing the po­si­tion of the unions op­pos­ing con­ces­sion re­mained the same.

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