The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has rejected the planned concession of four major airports in the country.
The president of the congress, Comrade Quadri Olaleye, in a statement made available to journalists called on the federal government to use non-viable airports to experiment any anti-people policies rather than using the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA); Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA); Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA).
Olaleye expressed his displeasure over the arrogant declaration that the concession is a “forgone conclusion” saying it is the peak of impunity which this administration preached against.
‘’Virtually all aspects of our national life have been breached. The social contract this government entered into when we voted for it has been grossly violated. Concessions have been made in the past and there is nothing to show for it today. The tenacity with which the Minister of Aviation and his cronies are going about the project is a matter of concern to us in the labour movement. It is a matter of the hand of Esau and voice of Jacob!’’
According to him,” the question is, why these four major airports? Why not invest in other airports scattered across the country? Why do they want to stifle and incapacitate the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN) – a parastatal created by an Act of Parliament?
‘From experience, past concessions of our common patrimonies have always been be-devilled with tales of woes. The Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2) owned and operated by the Bi-courtney Aviation Services Limited is an eloquent testimony. The controversy surrounding the deal as per number of years to operate and amount of money owed FAAN are still lingering issues.’’