Cabinet approves multiple contracts for aviation sector

Timothy Choji, Abuja

PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER SECURITY MEETING 5. R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Defence Brig-Gen Mansur Dan Ali, Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff LT-Gen T.Y. Buratai, Chief of Nava Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu during the security meeting presided over by the President at the State House, Abuja PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MARCH 4TH 2019.

The Federal Executive Council has approved a contract of N4 billion for the enhancing of security and safety at major airports in the country.

Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika revealed this to State House Correspondents while briefing them on the outcome of Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.

He said the move is aimed at making the nation’s airports more secure for the daily use of both domestic and foreign users.

He said: “The Council approved the award of contract for procurement of security and safety gadgets at the nation’s airports, Phase II, which includes supply and installation of X-ray screening machines at Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport Abuja, Malam Aminu Kano International airport Kano and then Port Harcourt International airport in Rivers State. The contract is for N4, 053, 955 500 only.

All of these are geared towards security and safety of our airports and flying public in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation standard and Nigeria has done very well in the area of security. When we came, Nigeria was scoring about 60 percent on security but now we are scoring about 96.7 percent on security in aviation.”

He said by May, the country should be able to score above 98 percent in aviation security and safety.

Similarly, the Aviation Minister told Journalists that the Cabinet approved a contract for the supply and installation of X-ray machines, cargo scanners and walk through metal detectors worth N529 million, at Enugu airport in Enugu State, South-East Nigeria.

“The supply is to be finished within 12 weeks and the contract sum is N529, 382, 700,” he said.

According to him, another contract worth N719 million for the upgrade and rehabilitation of the main intake transformer, instrument landing system and domestic underground 11 KVA circuit at Malam Aminu Kano International airport, Kano, with a completion period of 12 weeks.

He further announced that the council approved the sum of N622 million as variation for the completion of work on the terminal building of Minna airport in Niger State, Central Nigeria.

“An approval was given in favour of Minna airport terminal building, which was abandoned since 2012 for lack of funding and they came for variation, which has been approved but Council and we will be paying N622, 544, 326, 17. The project is expected to be completed within 12 months,” he said.