The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday undertook a tour of the facilities at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.
He was accompanied by the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and chief executives of aviation agencies.
The Minister, who expressed satisfaction with what he saw on ground, lauded the chief executives of the various aviation agencies for being prudent with the acquisition of safety equipment, which he noted, had improved safety and security at airports.
“With what I have seen here today, it shows that the Nigerian aviation industry can be compared to any developed ones anywhere in the world. This is unlike in the past where you waste time processing papers.
“I remember my experience at the Akure Airport which was sordid. The airport manager, a female, came to me and said the airport was technically closed. But, I believe that didn’t happen to me alone as it equally affected others too.
“But, with this software, you can manage your time better and earn some revenues for yourself. The government should be commended for what it has done recently”, he said.
Mr. Amaechi, however, decried the level of decay he noticed at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), saying, “What we saw in NIMASA was nothing to write home about when you compare the money they earn and the facilities you see on ground”.
Earlier, the NCAA Director-General, Capt. Mukhtar Usman, promised that the management would continually drive the government’s vision of improving facilities.