Chidoka Promises To Build On Aviation Masterplan
The aviation minister, Chief Ositadinmma Chidoka has promised to build on the Nigerian Aviation Master Plan so as to fast tract the growth and development of the sector.
Speaking in Lagos after touring of the airport facilities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport and the General Aviation Terminal in Lagos, Chidoka explained that the tour of the aviation facilities in Lagos was to first review activities at the airports and also to engage the stakeholders in the industry.
He noted that the Nigerian Aviation Master plan is a good document to be built upon in charting a way forward for the country’s aviation industry.
The minister observed that there is need to create alignment in the industry so as to ensure the implementation of Aviation Master Plan.
He promised to review and also to build up on the Master Plan and also to brief the President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on the journey so far.
Chidoka said he was in Lagos also to check on the medical facilities put in place for the testing of passengers which so far has been successful, in view of the fact that he assumed office at a period of the outbreak of Ebola Virus.
I came also to interact with aviation stakeholders so as to make our airports safe and secure and to ensure that our airports are not ports for the transmission of Ebola Virus.
The minister pointed out that the Ebola Virus is not a political issue, or about ethnicity, tribe or religion, but to show care and compassion to those affected, including medical personnel.
Chidoka maintained that his major goal is to continue the transformation agenda of Mr. President in the aviation industry and to make our airports safe and secure.
I have heard all the issues raised, by the stakeholders and the Journalists, we will go back to Abuja to examine them with the view of coming out with solutions, he said.
On Monday, 11th of August, during the tour of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) fire equipment, the minister was informed about how inadequate training, shortage of manpower and state of the firefighting equipment like fire tenders which out of 90 only 43 are serviceable among other issues are militating against the effective operations of the fire personnel.