The Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed has expressed satisfaction with the state of the arrival hall of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and commended the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for a job well done.
Ahmed made the remark Tuesday at the airport in Lagos during her one-day tour of the airport facilities.
The minister noted that there has been an upgrade that shows an improvement in passengers’ experience, especially on the arrival hall of the MMIA.
On the reason for the tour, Ahmed said it was meant to inspect the projects executed by the agency.
“The reason why we are here is to inspect the projects under FAAN. The essence of this is to see how well government’s resources are utilised. To also see and understand the challenges that the airport is facing so that when resources are to be allocated or disbursed, we will do it with the understanding of how they are to be used”, the minister said.
Ahmed noted that her team would be writing a report and indicates what they have observed and also share the report with the authority for them to see what has been recorded as a result of the visit.
On the level of on-going projects at the airport,
Ahmed said: “We have seen a number of projects at different levels of completion. We have seen a lot of good work that has been done. There are some projects that are suffering as a result of number of different challenges. We have also seen the upgrade of the airport that shows an improvement in users experience, especially on the arrival of the MMIA”.
Ahmed added that “We need to do a lot of work to upgrade the departure area of the airport. The luggage handling process is very problematic. It is largely manual and as a result of that, customers spend hours before getting their luggage. That needs to be addressed.”
Confirming that some of the reports on the projects given to the Ministry tallied with what is on ground, the minister pointed out that progress has been made and a lot more still needs to be done.
Ahmed was accompanied by officials of the Budget and National Planning Ministry and other stakeholders in the aviation industry including.