FORMER President of Aviation Round Table, ART, Captain Dele Ore, has said that unions’ apprehension about loss of jobs when government concessions 4 airports was unfounded The Federal Government had recently announced plan to concession four international airports. Ore told News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos that opposition to the concession was based on selfish reasons. “Although the opposition from the unions was expected, their apprehension about loss of jobs in the industry is unfounded. “It is self-explanatory. They believe that it will take jobs away from their people; but this is not true because it is going to upgrade and expose people to new technologies. “It is just selfish on their part because they are apprehensive about job losses and they know that some of their colleagues are no longer teachable and cannot function with modern technologies. “But more people will have to be brought into the industry to take care of automation either in air traffic management or airport development. “We don’t even have the man power for the next 10 years because we are sitting on a goldmine.” According to him, airport concession is the best way to go because it will free government to spend money in other competing interests such as roads, health care, power and education. Ore said the partnership between the government and the private sector would lead to increased funding that would enable the airports to be at par with international standards. He, however, advised the government to ensure that due process was followed in the concession of the airports. “Airport concession is not going to be successful if you just transfer the state’s assets to the hands of some rich people
efficiency of the air cargo industry, including compliance monitoring, through its outreach initiatives and its auditing system. “We must also set out clear rules and guidance in National Civil Aviation Security Programmes. ICAO can also assist here, through our assistance to regulatory oversight system, as well as training and capacity building activities,” she said. Noting that ICAO can also assist States as they review their physical infrastructure, some of which predates current concerns and IT infrastructure, which is a risk factor given the increasing sophistication of terrorist operations. She also highlighted the value of coordination in realising a truly secure and efficient cargo supply chain. “It can only be achieved through a coordinated global, regional and national approach.” The event is the third to be organised by the two United Nations agencies.
who are connected. “It has to be done properly according to the laws guiding concessioning of public infrastructure. “There must be a procedure and legal framework which must be properly spelt out in order not to short-change the country’’, Ore noted. NAN recalls that the National Union of Air Transport Employees and the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, had recently protested against the concessioning of the airports. The members, numbering over 100, barricaded the entrance to the offices and headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. The unions said the protest was informed by the recent plan by the government to concession the Lagos, Port- Harcourt, Abuja and Kano airports which they contended could lead to loss of jobs in the industry.

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