FAAN plans talks on sus­tain­able air­ports at ACI

The Punch - - TRANSPORT - Mau­reen Ihua-maduenyi

THE Fed­eral Air­ports Au­thor­ity of Nige­ria says it is mov­ing to con­trib­ute to the ease of do­ing busi­ness in the coun­try as it pre­pares to host the 59th Air­ports Coun­cil In­ter­na­tional (Africa Board) con­fer­ence.

The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of FAAN, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, said the ACI African con­fer­ence, slated for April 14th to 20th, in La­gos, with the theme ‘Busi­ness trans­for­ma­tion for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment of African air­ports’ would fo­cus on the next phase of the ad­vance­ment of the air­port in­dus­try on the con­ti­nent.

Ac­cord­ing to him, over the years, African air­ports have been run mainly as gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties with­out the drive for prof­itable man­age­ment, and this has re­sulted in many air­ports be­ing clas­si­fied as non-vi­able and un­able to meet their op­er­a­tional costs.

Dunoma stated that the ad­vent of Pub­lic-pri­vate Part­ner­ships in Africa had caused a shift in the trans­for­ma­tion of air­ports into sus­tain­able busi­ness en­ti­ties and Nige­ria should not be left be­hind.

He added, “In re­cent years, Nige­ria has en­gaged in the PPP prac­tice and has wit­nessed good suc­cess. We are work­ing tire­lessly to en­sure that our air­ports are vi­able and self­sus­tain­ing, hence this is the per­fect time for Nige­ria to host this pres­ti­gious event.

“In line with the Pres­i­den­tial man­date on ease of do­ing busi­ness in Nige­ria, this con­fer­ence will bring to­gether over 300 air­port pro­fes­sion­als and in­vestors from all over the world who will bring their wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to come up with po­si­tions that will en­sure the ease of do­ing air­port busi­ness in Nige­ria and Africa.”

He noted that the coun­try was cur­rently seek­ing in­vest­ments in var­i­ous in­dus­tries of the econ­omy, adding that the con­fer­ence would af­ford in­vestors the priv­i­lege to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion about the needs and op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Nige­ria’s avi­a­tion sec­tor.

Dunoma who is also the Pres­i­dent of Aci-africa said del­e­gates from over 40 African coun­tries and 250 air­ports would at­tend the six-day event, which would fea­ture sem­i­nars and prod­ucts ex­hi­bi­tion.

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