The House of Representatives has asked the Federal Government to suspend indefinitely the plan to concession airports until all issues have been addressed.
The House Committee on Aviation , which criticised the Minister of Aviation , Hadi Sirika , for failing to appear before it in Abuja on Monday , said it had been receiving petitions against the move .
The Federal Government had announced concession plan for four international airports . They are the Lagos, Abuja , Kano and Port Harcourt airports .
Chairman of the committee, Mr Nnolim Nnaji , said , “ We are all aware of the terrible impact of COVID – 19 on the aviation sector, which will take a while for the industry to recover . So, we should strive to do whatever is necessary to help stabilise the sector.
“ You may recall that in September or thereabout, this committee had interactions with the representatives of the labour unions on this subject matter . During the meeting, which was sequel to our earlier intervention over the unions ’ strike action against the concession , a lot of concerns were raised by the representatives of the labour unions regarding the airports ’ concession .
“ Among the concerns were lack of transparency in the exercise , labour issues , the Chinese loans, the legal issues that may arise from the existing concessions and the lack of proper valuation of the present status of the affected airports , among others.