Following the recent poor ratings of Nigerian airports, the House of Representatives yesterday resolved to investigate the utilisation of the $1 billion Chinese loan obtained by former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for airports modernisation and remodelling.
The Port Harcourt International Airport, was rated as the worst airport in the world by a CNN survey. Three other Nigerian airports were also rated among the worst by travel website, the Guide to Sleeping in Airports.
Federal lawmakers expressed shock at the poor ratings and resolved to launch an inquest.
The investigation to be carried out by House Committee on Aviation chaired by Nkiruka Onyeojeocha (Abia/PDP), include the utilisation of over N400 billion appropriated fund for the expansion and modernisation of 17 domestic and five international airports over the past five years.
The resolution was passed following the adoption of the motion on the ‘Urgent need to investigate factors leading to the damnable rating of our airports’ sponsored by Garba Datti (Kaduna/APC).
Datti stated in lead debates: “Over the last five years, over N400 billion was appropriated for the expansion, modernisation and management of our 17 domestic and 5 international airports.
“Aviation ministry has obtained a $1 billion Chinese loan to improve the facilities at the arrival and departure lounges, toilet facilities, conveyor belts, avio bridges, buses soft were infrastructure for passenger and general security in all our airports.
“The House is aware that the FAAN which manages the nation’s airports charges $60 per international passenger and N2,000 per domestic passenger under its internally generated revenue policies and it is estimated that it handle nearly 15 million passenger traffic annually thus making it the second busiest airport in Africa.”
In other contributions, Hon. Boniface Emerengwa expressed dismay over the state of the Port Harcourt International Airport.
He reported that only the departure wing has attained about 75 per cent completion of work in the last five years since the renovation project commenced, leaving vital components like conveyor belts and air conditioning systems in dilapidated states.
Emerengwa: “The renovation works and the construction of a new international terminal have been going on for about five years now without much visible work done, a situation that is making the airport looks shambolic and not able to promote the corporate image of the country, being a gateway to international travellers.
Source : Leadership