Thursday 6 September 2012

11 reconstructed airports ready soon -Aviation Minister

The Minister of Aviation Princess Stella Oduah has said that the remodelling and reconstruction of 11 airports across the country have reached 80% completion and would be completed and put to immediate use in the next few weeks.
The Aviation Minister made the remarks Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at the Aviation Ministry while addressing press men over the state of the nation's airports and activities of the Ministry.
The completed airports that have been under going a face-lift by the administration led by Princess Oduah, and ready for use according to the Aviation boss includes: the Murtala Mohammed International airport and the GeneraL Aviation Terminal (GAT), both in Lagos; the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport, Abuja; the Port Harcourt International airport, Omagwa, the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and the Malam Aminu Kano International airport, Kano Others include the Margaret Ekpo International airport, Calabar, Yakubu Gowon airport, Jos; the Yola, Kaduna and Sam Mbakwe airport, Owerri.
Princess Oduah stated, “We have really come a long way since we assumed office last year. When we came on board, we had only one mission on our minds-to transform, in very tangible and significant ways, the face of Nigeria's Air Transport Industry. After going round to inspect the state of infrastructure and facilities around our airports, and seeing the extent and level of decay and dilapidation, our resolve to make a difference was even more strengthened’’.
She noted that the second phase of the remodelling works for the remaining 11 airports will commence shortly and at the end of the exercise, all 22 airports under the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) will modern look.
The Minister said the second phase of the implementation strategy of the Road Map falls under the medium term programme of action, which is the construction of five new international terminals in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Enugu.
“Only yesterday, we achieved a significant milestone in this regard when Mr. President and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) graciously granted approval for the award of contract for the immediate take-off of construction work on these terminals’’, the Minister said
According to the Minister, the present administration is prepared to provide Nigerians and the travelling public with airports that truly tell the story of the Nigerian nation; as what is seen today is not befitting of Nigeria as the giant of Africa .
The Aviation Minister also gave an insight over the government's resolve to return Dana Airline’s commercial operations.
“Dana Airline which was suspended after the unfortunate and tragic crash of June 3rd. Our action is based on our satisfaction, after carrying out a technical audit of the operator, that the airline is airworthy. While we continue to share in the pain and loss of the families of those who lost their loved ones in the crash, we want to stress that we took this decision with all sense of responsibility. Government was not under any pressure to restore the airline’s operating license and we want to assure Nigerians and the travelling public that safety remains our priority’’. She stated.


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