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Chairman of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, operator of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Two (MM2), Dr. Wale Babalakin, has posited that the dwindling fortunes of Nigerian airports could be turned around within 30 months through a well-structured private sector intervention.
Babalakin, who was the lead speaker at the quarterly business breakfast meeting of the Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART), a highly regarded aviation industry think-tank, held in Lagos, on Wednesday, noted that only private capital possessed the potential to drive initiatives.
He also advised government to divide the nation’s airports into four zones, comprising Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt before offering them to interested concessionaires, adding that each zone should then be made responsible for the growth of all airports within its jurisdiction.
Babalakin further stated: “I heard Engr. (Sani) Baba say that only Lagos airport is viable. I don’t agree. If you want to challenge it, my position is give us Abuja. If you think it is not viable, we will take it. I want to assure you that to make them viable requires somebody sitting down and thinking of how to make them viable. I don’t expect the airport from day one to be viable. I expect that whoever takes them over would realize that you must create activities around the airport that would attract those who want to fly to and from the airport.
“You see, the days are gone and gone for good where governance is about ability to spread the resources. In Nigeria of the future, governance must be about ability to create resources. If your capacity is how to spread resources, even honestly, without corruption, without anything going by the side, you will still be a grade C economy. Growing up, my father used to tell me that the world is tired of those who can do well when the circumstances are right, what the world needs now are those who can do well when the circumstances are not right.”
Babalakin also stressed the importance of respect for contracts and agreements by all parties, if privatisation or concession of the airports must succeed.
He noted: “You cannot have a system that is fraught with abuse no matter how strong or weak. We must have a system that is run by law. That once I signed a document with Engr. Baba, whoever comes after is bound to respect that document. That will enable you to develop the industry. But, if as we all feel today that anytime there is a change, we are starting afresh, what we will get is short term, very short term attention. We will get people who are coming in for six months. They price their products like I must be out of here in six months. And that is not what we need.”
Industry stakeholders at the event include, Engr. Sani Baba and Mr. Sule Ozenuwa, both former Managing Directors of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Capt. Ado Sanusi, deputy Managing Director, Arik Air, Mr. Tunde Fagbemi, Chief Executive Officer, Spring Fountain Limited, Mr. Christophe Penninck, Chief Executive Officer, Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, Mr. Segun Adegoke, Deputy Comptroller of Immigration, Lagos Command and Mr. Gbenga Olowo, President, ART, among others.

 

Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, Dr. Wale Babalakin, delivering an address at the quarterly business breakfast meeting of the Aviation Round Table (ART), in Lagos, on Wednesday. Behind him on the high table are, President of ART, Mr. Gbenga Olowo and former Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Engr. Sani Baba.

 

from left: Former Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Sule Ozenuwa, occasion’s chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Spring Fountain Limited, Mr. Tunde Fagbemi, lead speaker and Chairman, Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, Dr. Wale Babalakin and another former Managing Director of FAAN, Engr. Sani Baba, at the quarterly business breakfast meeting of the Aviation Round Table, in Lagos, on Wednesday.

 

from left: Head, Financial Control, Mr. Ade Olugbebi, Group Head, Audit, Mrs. Yosola Popoola, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Christophe Penninck, all of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited and Partner, Babalakin&Co, Mr. Tola Oshobi, at the quarterly breakfast business meeting of the Aviation Round Table, in Lagos, on Wednesday.

 

from left: Chief Operations Officer, Ms. Adebisi Awoniyi, Head, Financial Control, Mr. Ade Olugbebi, Group Head, Audit, Mrs. Yosola Popoola, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Christophe Penninck, all of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited and Partner, Babalakin&Co, Mr. Tola Oshobi, at the quarterly breakfast business meeting of the Aviation Round Table, in Lagos, on Wednesday.

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