The Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Aviation has called on the Federal Government to take investment in the infrastructure of the nation’s airport as top priority stating that a lot needs to be done to get the airport to acceptable levels.
This is as the committee commended ongoing terminal construction works at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) after being taking round the facility and put through.
The committee made these assertions in their findings after touring the Murtala Muhammed Airport, MMA, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, NAA, Abuja.
|Senate Ad hoc committee on Aviation touring construction work at the
new Terminal at the Murtala Muhammed Airport,Lagos,
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Rabiu Kwankwanso frowned at the state of the state of infrastructure at the airports and decried that in order to prevent it from total collapse, the government should take the infrastructure as priority.
He said, “I can say we are happy on one hand, but on the other hand, we are not happy because a lot still needed to be done in the aviation sector in this country.
“We have seen the decaying facilities at the two major airports and those needed to be replaced. We have seen ongoing projects. We will go back and make recommendations to the Senate so that we can move forward from where we are. We started from Abuja Airport where we saw the facilities and at the Lagos Airport too, we have seen several equipment.
Also commenting, Senator Stella Oduah said that the committee would recommend the best way to improve on the revenue drive within the industry to the government through the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.
“Ours is to make to write our reports and make recommendations to the government and find out the lapses and gaps in the system,” she said.
The committee, commenced its tour of airport facilities from Abuja Airport, continued at the Lagos Airport where it visited the ongoing terminal construction and the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria, TRACON, site of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA.