Nigeria aims to provide concessions to four international airports under the first phase of a new programme.

The airports include Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano.

The news was revealed by the country’s Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika at the 2016 Aviation Stakeholders Forum held in Abuja.

Facilities at these airports do not currently meet international standards.

The government aims to provide concessions to the four airports, after which it plans to develop infrastructure for domestic airports.

It also intends to shut down Abuja airport as a precautionary safety measure.

"We are developing a new security strategy in partnership with international security organisations and procurement of modern equipments."

A committee was also set up to review security at the airports.

Sirika was quoted by Daily Post as saying: "Safety is the main focus in aviation because, the time a passenger arrives airport, when he takes off and land is very important.

"We are developing a new security strategy in partnership with international security organisations and procurement of modern equipments."

Saharareporters.com quoted the minister as saying: "Aside Port Harcourt, nearly all the perimeter fences are gone in most places, and they can easily be accessed, which would end up becoming a threat to the safety of the industry since anyone can easily walk into the airports."