ABN - Nigeria’s aviation minister Hadi Sirika has announced the country will open up its government-owned airports to private investment in the coming years.
Sirika said: "[Airports will be offered to investors with] the wherewithal, the know-how, the technology, the capacity, the ability, the finance to put up huge fantastic edifices as airports with everything including hotels, just the way you see them abroad."
The news comes just prior to the closure of the airport in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja due to major repairs work.
The minister added that much of the work being done on the new terminal at Kaduna airport has been completed, but electrics, seating and toilets were yet to be fitted in the building.
The airport will close for six weeks during which repairs work will be carried out on the damaged runway, which has prompted several international carriers to pull their services to the destination.