Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has restated his resolve to change the face of aviation in the country during the tenure of the present administration by putting in place all necessary facilities that would enable operators in the system perform to their optimum.
The Minister made the vow while inaugurating a Project Team for the construction of the proposed new office complex and staff quarters for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in Abuja.
According to Sirika, it is an irony that the Authority that has the mandate of building and managing airports in the country does not have a befitting office complex in the federal capital, just as its staff lack adequate and befitting residential quarters. This he, said has had the tendency to impede on their performances.
He said that the decision to construct the office complex and residential quarters through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement was to ensure that what would be delivered would be of a quality that represent value for money.
Addressing the Project Team members, the aviation minister charged them to ensure that the most suitable designs for the office complex and staff quarters where respectively delivered.
Among the team’s terms of reference is to identify and confirm the proposed location for the office complex and staff quarters and recommend means through which the Public Private Partnership can be fast-tracked.
He disclosed that the team also has the mandate to source for, and identify prospective PPP partners, and to also consider an unsolicited proposal by a firm, Elysium Integrated Development Company to invest Twenty-Seven Million Dollars ($27M) in a mass transit ground transportation structure at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
Sirika urged the team to be diligent and speedy in carrying out the assignment and directed that his office be briefed on a weekly basis on the progress of the task given to them.
Responding, the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and leader of the project team, Engineer Saleh Dunoma said the team identifies with the Minister on his commitment towards addressing the infrastructure gaps in the sector, and promised that the team will be meticulous and swift in carrying out their assignment.
Dunoma said that the team members view the assignment as another call to national service which demands commitment and efficiency.
Membership of the team is drawn from the Ministry of Transportation (Aviation), FAAN, the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Federal Ministries of Finance, Justice and Budget and Planning.