Aviation Minister Dumps Stella Oduah’s Airport Remodeling Project
Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, has said that the airport remodeling initiative which was the hallmark of the tenure of the former minister in the ministry, Stella Oduah will be abandoned.
He said he would rather channel the resources of the ministry to boost safety and security at Nigerian airports than in remodeling of terminals.
Speaking during an unscheduled tour of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, Chidoka said the focus on security and safety was to ensure that the country retained its Category One air safety certification.
He said, “I have tried to see that my predecessor had done very well in the terminal buildings; so, all that we need is to focus and complete the work that has already started. But with that, we want to pull our resources away from the terminal remodelling and focus more on the security and safety of the airports.
“While we want to make the passengers to travel in a more convenient manner, we don’t want to compromise the security of the airports. Our major strategy is to begin to look at the safety component of our work.
“We are making sure that there is an alignment between safety in the air and the security of passengers, and the terminal buildings; and of course, the passengers’ comfort.
“So, with that in mind, we are having a total review of our security system in all the airports and I have ordered the total review of the security system in all the airports with a view to making sure that they meet global best practices.”
Chidoka noted that work was going on well at the Abuja airport but added that “there is a lot of disruption to passenger operations.”
He said, “Our strategy is that we need to communicate more with the passengers. Between now and four to six months, we shall get the new terminal up and running in the domestic area.
“And by the time the work is completed, passengers will travel in a much more comfortable atmosphere”
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