Chinese $500m: Union warns against using Airports IGR to finance loan

Hadi Sirika, Nigeria’s Aviation Minister

The Secretary General, Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP), comrade Abdulrazak Saidu says the union is irked over the alleged directive issued to the regional Managers of the 4 major International airports by the Minister of Aviation to remit all revenue generated for the financing of the Chinese $500m loan.

The ANAP scribe accused the aviation ministry of trying to thwart the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN’s Management efforts at ensuring the payment of workers salaries.

Saidu noted that 80 percent of the revenue generated from the international airports were used as payment of salaries for FAAN workers. 

He warned that labour would not take it lightly as they would go on strike should money be paid into the Chinese account adding that it was an attempt to cripple the airports in order for them to be sold away to their cronies in the name of Concession.

He warned that any Regional Manager who carryout the Minister’s directive would be answerable to the unions.

Saidu revealed that the union was yet to see the agreement on the Chinese $500m loan which was granted to the country through the aviation and finance ministries during the tenure of Stella Oduah as the aviation minster. 

Saidu, explained that aviation unions during the just concluded public hearing civil aviation bills, called on the committee to order the former aviation minister to release documents in which the loan was obtained. “We cannot wait and watch them turn Nigeria into Chinese slaves. That is the reason we are saying until we see the agreement, nothing should be done on the airport concession”.

He said the $500m was obtained as loan and the terminal was being constructed without the supervision of FAAN. “We cannot sit down here and see them dragging Nigeria into unnecessary debt, we are warning all the regional managers of airports to ignore any directive from the aviation ministry to remit money to the Chinese account as they will face the wrath of labour “

The ANAP scribe commended the Chairman and members of the House of Representatives Committee on aviation for painstakingly going through all presentations during hearing.