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Perm Sec says completion of new MAKIA terminal, others on schedule

ANTHONY OMOH
The permanent secretary in the ministry of aviation, Mrs. Binta Bello, has expressed confidence in the ability of contractors, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) which handles the construction of a new terminal at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) Kano to deliver on completion of the project on schedule and hand it over in March 2016.
Speaking yesterday in Kano where she inspected projects at the airport, the permanent secretary said despite the seemingly slow pace of work on the terminal and other ones in other locations, there is no course to doubt the completion of the projects on schedule.
Mrs Binta had previously inspected the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos and the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa where she gave her thoughts on those projects.

. L-R: Idris Ibrahim, Director, Research, Planning & Documentation; Hajia Binta Adamu Bello, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation; Engr. Salisu Daura, General Manager, Electrical, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN); Engr. Abdulsalami Ibrahim, Managing Director, National Airspace Management Agency; Abdulkadir Bello, Personal Assistant to Permanent Secretary; Engr. Olufemi Ogunode, Director, Maintenance & Engineering, FAAN & Nehemiah Auta, Airport Manager, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

She said, “The project manager at MAKIA has assured me that he will hand over the job in March 2016. They will finish it; they have all the materials. If they, who are doing the work, say they will deliver by March, you have no course to doubt them.
“The only place where we had challenges was Lagos. They had the initial challenge of site. And when they overcame the challenge, they mobilized to site and work is in progress. At other sites, there have been no problems” said Bello.
It is noteworthy that China’s Exim Bank funds the construction of the international terminals located at Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Kano airports at the total cost of $500 million.
Meanwhile, like the situation at the Lagos and Port Harcourt airports, local contractors working on different projects at MAKIA had suspended work due to lack of funds.
Whichever project site the permanent secretary and her entourage visited, only a handful of artisans were seen idling away while their bosses were nowhere to be found.
Patmoz Nigeria Ltd which is in charge of building the airport’s fire station had suspended work on the project saying it had exhausted what it got as mobilization fee. Although one of the company’s junior managers did not disclose the contract sum because “only my boss has the file containing the agreement”, it was gathered that the contractor received payment for the work around October 2014.
Similarly, Jameck West Africa, which constructs the general aviation terminal, said the project which is about 60 per cent completed had been suspended due to non-availability of funds.
In her response, the permanent secretary assured that the contractors would be mobilized to sites when “there is availability of funds.”

“As soon as we are able to mobilize funds, we will call them back to sites. They said they have not been paid; we will look at it and once funds are available, we will pay them,” she said.

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