On Tuesday, the Federal Government said it completed 134 projects in the aviation sector between 2015 and 2019. Hadi Sirika, the Minister of State for Aviation, said the 134 projects were part of the 157 projects that were initiated and inherited by the current administration. He said, “There are 157 projects initiated and undertaken by the government in aviation sector between 2015 and 2019. Out of these 157 projects, 134 have been completed 100 per cent.
“Some of them were inherited projects that we finished and most of them were new projects that we started and completed by the grace of God 100 per cent.” He added, “The remaining projects are in excess or most of them are in excess of 50 per cent completion status and very few of them below 50 per cent.”
He named the Terminal D in Abuja airport, as well as its Fire and Rescue Station and the doplar radar system at Kano airport as few of the completed projects, adding that “some of the things we do in aviation are not things that the passenger or travelling public can notice and see. “This is because they are away from sight but they make aviation very safe and secure and also in addition, very precise.”
Meanwhile, aviation unions have said they would commence an indefinite strike on Wednesday (today) following the failure of the Federal Ministry of Transportation (Aviation) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to address their concerns in the regulatory agency. The Air Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, National Union of Air Transport Employees, the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers had on May 13, issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to review the new organogram of the NCAA, failure of which would lead to an industrial action.