Nigeria will at the end of May commission some of the re-modeled facilities at eleven airports across the country.
The country’s Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, who was on an inspection tour of Abuja, Kano and Benin Airports made this known to newsmen over the weekend, adding that work at the airports was at advanced stage.
“We have done more than 85 per cent of the work. From the end of this month we are going to start the unveiling and commissioning of the projects. Construction is a long process because the foundation has to be right. We have gone a very long way,” she stated.
The minister also said that what was done was beyond mere polishing and renovation of terminal buildings and conveniences at the airports.
“What we are doing goes beyond re-modeling; we are doing reconstructing of the airports. We are doubling the sizes of those airports; we are changing all the facilities. So you can’t call that re-modeling.
“Reconstruction is what we are doing to ensure passengers’ safety, to ensure that they get value for their money and most importantly we want airports that all Nigerians will be proud to have. That is what this administration is all about, a total transformation of the aviation sector,” she stressed.
Apparently reacting to the notion that it is common practice in the country to commission poorly executed projects, the minister said quality had not been compromised.
“We have our quality control group working with them (contractors) at all times; we want to make sure we don’t play with customer safety which is why we are doing total restructuring and remodeling,” she said.