Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos to come under private management, local news sources report. Other international airports slated for privatisation are Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport in the capital Abuja, Mallam Aminu Kano international airport in northern Nigeria and Port Harcourt International Airport in the oil-rich Delta area.

Besides managing the airports, the concessionaires will also have responsibility for upgrading the infrastructure in line with international standards. Airport security will remain the prerogative of the federal government.

Announcing the decision minister of state for air transportation Felix Hassan Hyatt said that the government could no longer afford to manage and maintain the country