Mr. George Uriesi
The consular officer attached to the United States embassy in Lagos, Mr. Jerrod Hanssen, has commended the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for its efforts in the aviation sector.
He spoke when he led a delegation of economic officer to pay courtesy visit to the agency at the weekend.
Hanssen said his visit was made possible by the US government’s desire to extend a hand of fellowship to FAAN which he said was making remarkable strides in repositioning Nigerian airports.
Welcoming the delegation, the Managing Director, FAAN, Mr. George Uriesi, had said that the upgrade of infrastructure at the airports in recent times was geared towards building a greater aviation future in the country, among other reasons.
Continuing in his remarks, Uriesi told the delegation that FAAN was determined to change passenger’s experience of service delivery at all Nigerian airports stressing that airport terminals of the past were for travelling only, but that modern airports had turned to commercial centres.
He explained further that some airports around the world would have folded up if they had relied solely on aeronautical sources of revenue, whereas the present trend, which FAAN had adopted, was offering more commercial opportunities that would encourage business, entertainment and leisure at airports.
Uriesi said the transformation agenda of President Jonathan Goodluck which is being implemented by the Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah, was geared deliberately towards implementing the aerotropolis concept, which would change the mindset of airport business in Nigeria permanently.
He said that FAAN would be embarking on a number of projects in Lagos in the next few months, including multi-storied car park, hotel and a new international terminal, on work which would peak in June. He said that same experience would be replicated in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and on a smaller scale, at other airports across the country.
Other members of the entourage were, Mayowa Obilade and Robert Folley.