Former Chairman House Committee on Aviation, Awal Tukur has said that the facilities at the airports in the country needs to be improved upon to make passengers and air travellers more comfortable and disposed to commenting positively about them.
|Awal Tukur, Former Chairman House Committee on Aviation
He was reacting to a recent publication on the rating of Nigerian airports during an interview with reporters at the 21st Annual League of Airports and Aviation Correspondent (LAAC) with theme “Achieving a Win-Win Aviation Sector in Nigeria
According to him, the airports need to be made more functional so that they can compete internationally.
On the facilities that would make the airports better, he looked at the capacity as well as the convenience, checking system and even airport runways.
He said, “You see a lot of the airports have not even grown with the size of population base that we have, even a toilet is designed for certain number of people and by the time that number exceed, you cannot cope, there will always be problem, the runway system, the checking counter is the same thing, so our facilities have not grown with our population base.”
“The way for is for the government to be more proactive, less bureaucracy, privatizing the airports get it off central control, regulate them and a lot of private sector involvement and let us do things on time, don’t take a decision today and wait for 10 years before implementing it because by that time, you are already off the mark”
On a national carrier, he bore his thoughts stating that,” We need a strong carrier and it is the job of the government to promote and regulate it economically. The economic benefits to us are enormous, it brings money, training of our people, employment of our people so strong carriers which are Nigerians I think it is what I go for and how the Federal Government wants to bring up the new national carrier and we will give our support as Nigerians.”