FG working tirelessly to upgrade aviation infrastructure- Says Minister
.Nigerians must unlock potentials of their mindset-Comptroller Wale Adeniyi
By Udeme Clement
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has said that the Federal Government is working tirelessly to upgrade Aviation infrastructure, in order to ensure safety of air travelers at all times.
The Minister also called for private partnership synergy, stressing that such collaboration is imperative in upgrading infrastructure at various airports across Nigeria.
He made this known through the representative, his Chief of Staff, Dr Ibrahim Idris, at a summit/award programme, organised by Association of Foreign Airlines and Representatives in Nigeria, AFARN, at Sheraton hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
He added, “Government is putting measures in place to upgrade infrastructure at airports across our country. This is a laudable initiative that requires private partnership synergy to achieve. Private participation in this aspect is very important and we are calling on all stakeholders, as well as private sector players to support government on this”.
He pointed out “Nigeria has been recognised by the international community as the most improved country in Aviation safety. The government is still working hard to continue improving on safety measures in the industry”.
In his welcome address, the president of AFARN, Mr Kingsley Nwokoma said, “The theme of this year’s summit is ‘Unlocking potentials in Aviation through safety’. This topic was carefully chosen as safety remains the bedrock of Aviation practice the world over, without which those who ply their trade in the industry may seem to be paying lip service.
He went on, “There are remarkable improvements and growth in the system given that the number of flying public has not dropped. We can do better by upgrading infrastructure across board to give room for more investment opportunities”.
Also speaking, the Customs Area Controller, CAC, International Airport Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Comptroller Wale Adeniyi said there is need for Nigerians to first unlock the potentials of their mindset and be willing to do things the right way.
He said, ‘We must be ready to do the right thing to support government at ensuring safety across our airports. For instance, our departure and arrival halls should be kept secured at all times and not be turned into a market place for all manner of things.
“Airport is the gateway into the country and investors coming to Nigeria will get first impression about our country with what they see at the airport. So, our airports must be secured always”.
Comptroller Wale informed, “Before now, we had only one Customs Command covering the whole airport, but the Customs management in its wisdom created another Unit to enhance trade facilitation and revenue collection for government.
“Therefore, we are urging travelers to comply with government policies at the International airport”.
The summit ended with awards presentation to outstanding stakeholders in Aviation business, as well as journalists covering the industry.
The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Udom, was among those bestowed with award of excellence on Aviation business.