Mr. George Uriesi
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said that it is determined to work with entrepreneurs with proven track records of excellence as the agency is poised to grow, modernise and develop in accordance to laid-down standards obtained in other parts of the world.
The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr. George Uriesi, made this known when he declared open an upscale restaurant “Things Remembered” at the departure lounge of the newly remodeled Domestic Terminal 1 at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja Lagos on Monday, March 11, 2013.
Uriesi, who observed that the new restaurant was of international standard in terms of facilities, layout, ambience and quality of service added that it was gratifying to see that the vision of the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, to transform Nigerian airports was beginning to yield the expected dividend, considering the quality of service provided by the new restaurant and other outlets that would start operations at the Domestic Terminal 1 (GAT).
The FAAN boss, who was the special guest at the event, said that the Authority was determined to prove that good things could come out of the public service, which is generally seen in the country as a drain pipe, through the provision of modern airport facilities that would give the public value for their money and make Nigerians proud.
Uriesi also announced at the event that the remodeled Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport would be commissioned on Friday, March 15, 2013, and the remodeled Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri on March 22, 2013. These would be followed in quick succession by the remodelled airports in Yola, Enugu, Jos, Port-Harcourt and Kaduna.
The remodelled Benin Airport was commissioned on March 8,2013 by Governor Adams Oshiomhole while those of Domestic Terminal 1, MMA and GAT , Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport were inaugurated on October 22, 2012 and January 21,2013 respectively.
Urisei also announced that work would soon begin on the construction of the five new international terminals in Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Enugu and Port-Harcourt by July this year, noting that this development would pave the way for the commencement of the aerotropolis concept designed to turnaround the fortunes of aviation in Nigeria.