FG Warns Contractor Over Port

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

The federal government has given the contractor handling the reconstruction of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Inter-Bau, up to April this year to deliver the project or face its wrath.

Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku gave the directive on Sunday when he led members of the national good governance tour (NGGT) team to inspect progress of work at the airport.

Maku said it was regrettable that the contractor failed to deliver the project by December 2012 as it promised, warning that the government would not be happy if the firm fails to deliver by April.

He said, “The Port Harcourt Airport was supposed to be delivered by last December, the same period Lagos local airport was completed. We are worried over the slow pace of work in the airport.

“We are tired of excuses. The masses who use this airport are suffering. You must deliver this project by April because we don’t want any further extension. We need to see more activity in this place.”

The minister stated that a total of 11 airports were being reconstructed in line with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said, “Before now, some of our airports looked like secondary schools. President Goodluck Jonathan believed that our people deserve the best. Time has come for us to look at life differently.

“The Nigerian economy is growing and Nigerians must understand that. Let’s leave politics out of it. Because of the growth in the economy, we believe that we should give our airports a face-lift.

“We now have 100 per cent coverage of the Nigerian airspace. With that, we can control emergencies. We have a lot of changes that have taken place. There is a wholesale transformation in the aviation industry.”

Maku disclosed that some of the airports that have already been delivered include Lagos, Owerri, Kaduna, Benin and Enugu while Calabar and Port Harcourt are ongoing.

He also said that the federal government had introduced a total of 12 cargo airports in order to make export easy for Nigerians, adding that work would soon commence at the airports.

 

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