MANAGING Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engineer Saleh Dunoma this afternoon gave a marching order to engineers of the authority that all equipment at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) must function in the shortest possible time.
He gave this directive to the engineers and the airport manager after inspecting the facilities at the nation’s premier airport including the escalators, conveyor belts and all the toilets the FAAN boss in company of FAAN Director of Commercials and Business Development, Mr. Sadiku Abdulkadir Rafindadi and other top management.
The FAAN boss after the inspection that lasted for hours, told journalists that the tour had become necessary because the Excellency, Mr President has visited the MMIA recently, pointing out that the visit with his technical team is to come up with plan to implement his instructions immediately.
On the outcome of the tour, Dunoma said “there are few things we need to fix immediately. I say immediately; immediately means immediately. This is a Presidential directive. We will not wasting time and that is why you see us working on a Saturday. We will still work tomorrow. We just have to come up with strategic implementation plans so that we don’t distrupt operations. This is key to us”.
According to Dunoma, there are some few mechanical equipment like the travelators that needed to be fixed. Other areas according to him are, some few toilet facilities and some other external facilities that affect what is functional inside.
“We have a contract on the chillers. Funding has been a problem for us but we are pushing to see that it is fixed”.
Engr Dunoma equally assured travelers of an improved facilities as FAAN has started work day and night.
“I want to assure the travellers that we are working. With the support of His Excellency and Minister of State Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, we will surmount all the issues. They are not insurmountable. We will work hard and improve on the comfort of the travellers”.
It would be recalled that the Acting President Professor Yemi Osibanjo paid an unscheduled visit to MMIA few days ago, taking airport workers by surprise.
The Acting president who was in Lagos for other engagements took the time out to move round the airport for an on- the-spot assessment of facilities at the airport.
Recall that just two days ago, Acting President Professor Yemi Osibanjo paid an unscheduled visit to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), in company of Minister of State, Senator Hadi Sirika catching industry parastatals and workers at the airport of guard.
The Acting president who was in Lagos for other engagements took the time out to move round the airport for an on the spot assessment of facilities and work done and undone.
While at the terminal, the Acting President and the Aviation Ministers were conducted round the travelator and three conveyor belts by the General Manger, Mechanical, FAAN, Engr. Ephraim Nwodo, who explained the workings of the facilities to his guest ,who was anxious to see the facilities .
Professor Osibanjo was also conducted around VISA issue on arrival, check-in areas, baggage carousel areas where he asked officials in charge of the carousel to switch it on for him to observe.
During the visit, Osinbajo, the minister of Aviation, FAAN officials led by General Manager , Mechanical were seen talking in hushed tones while inspecting the facilities at the airport.
Nigerianflightdeck mulls that this charge by the managing director of FAAN may be a direct consequence of the Acting President’s unscheduled visit as he (Dunoma) was not there during the call on the MMIA.