Following the announcement by the Federal Government to concede Kano, Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt international airports, Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KACCIMA) said is making moves to acquire Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) as part of the concession.
Deputy President of KACCIMA, Ambassador Usman Darma, in a presser briefing in Kano on Monday, revealed that the organisation is making frantic effort to see that MAKIA is conceded to Kano businessmen.
According to him, already consultations with key stakeholders has gone far, just as the organization had formed a technical committee, saddled with the responsibility to look at the guidelines and how to acquire the facility based on the guidelines.
“Following the announcement by the Federal Government to concede Kano, Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt international airports, Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KACCIMA), in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders, are moving to acquire Mallam Aminu Kano airport.
” Already, we have consulted key stakeholders such as our business mogul and father, Alhaji Aminu Dantata, commercial and private airliners, hoteliers and other relevant stakeholders in a bid to take over the concession of the facility.
“A technical committee has already been set up and we have given it two weeks to look at the guidelines and report back to us,” Darma revealed.
Darma said KACCIMA and other stakeholders are ready to take over the airport, promising to deliver efficient and affordable services to the people.
He noted that acquiring the concession is a great benefit to the people of Kano as it would subsidize services for them, generate revenue to the government and provide employment opportunities.
He also announced that the stakeholders would engage the services of foreign partners who would be given some portion of the concession, because they have more skills to manage the business.
“It is also part of the guidelines that foreign partners must be engaged in order to get the concession. I believe if we invite foreign partners, they would help us manage the business more efficiently because they have more skills and wherewithal,” he said.
The Deputy President also said the stakeholders have the resources and capacity to acquire the concession as KACCIMA has huge capital base to afford to get the concession.