Passengers Applaud Timely Rehabilitation Of Abuja Airport

Passengers Applaud Timely Rehabilitation Of Abuja AirportDomestic flights have resumed operations into the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, following the re-opening of the runway to traffic.

Passengers aboard a domestic flight expressed delight at being able to fly directly into the capital city, and applauded the timely rehabilitation of the facility.

They, however, appealed to the Federal Government to urgently consider the construction of a second runway for the airport, in addition to regular maintenance of the newly rehabilitated one.

Speaking to Channels Television, the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, lauded the prompt decision of the government to rehabilitate the airport.

“We must thank the agencies: The Ministries of Transport, Aviation, Works, and other Nigerians who gave the support. The greatest thing is we thank God that we didn’t wait for a disaster to happen in Abuja before we took that decision,” he said.

The spokesman for the All Progressives Congress, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, also said: “The last couple of weeks have been quite challenging for some of us who fly quite frequently, the logistics of having to go to Kaduna and all that; but I think it has been managed quite effectively”.

Earlier, the Minister of State for Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, said the Abuja Airport had been certified to accommodate international and local flights, ahead of the date scheduled for its re-opening, April 19.

The Ethiopian Airline Airbus 8350 was the first major airline to land at the airport.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, President Muhammadu Buhari lauded the efforts of key agencies on the successful completion of work on the runway of the airport.

He also thanked foreign airlines for their cooperation with the Nigerian Government during the period of the closure of the airport.

President Buhari Commends Re-opening Of Abuja Airport

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commended the re-opening of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, 24 hours ahead of the deadline.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, the President lauded the efforts of the contractor, security agencies, Kaduna State Government, as well as the Ministries of Transport, Power, Works and Housing, on the successful completion of work on the runway of the airport.

He said that he looked forward to such display of inter-agency cooperation and efficiency in the operation of the entire Federal Government machinery.

President Buhari also thanked foreign airlines for their cooperation with the Nigerian Government during the period of the closure of the airport.

Ahead of the date scheduled for the re-opening, April 19, the Minister of State for Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, said the Abuja Airport has been certified to accommodate international and local flights.

The Minister said this when he landed at the airport at about 11.15am on board a Caverton helicopter from Kaduna State.

The Ethiopian Airline Airbus 8350 was the first major airline to land at the airport.

Nigerian Government To Begin E-Procurement In Six Ministries

e-Procurement in ministriesThe Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to start the pilot phase of electronic procurement (E-Procurement) systems in six ministries.

The government says a total of 48 billion Naira is expected to be saved from the new initiative.

The Acting Director General of the Bureau for Public Procurement, Mr Ahmed Abdu, announced the plan on Monday while speaking at a meeting on procurement in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He explained that the savings from the e-procurement platform would represent five per cent of savings from the recurrent expenditure and three per cent on capital expenditure.


Mr Abdu said some of the ministries to start the e-procurement process are health, education, agriculture, transport, water resources, as well as that of works, power and housing.

The administration of Muhammadu Buhari has stressed that it would cut down the cost of governance to ensure that the nation’s revenue which had declined due to the drop in the price of crude oil will not affect development.

The government is looking to save funds as much as it could to cater for the over two trillion Naira deficit in the 2016 budget.

Nigerian Ministers Meet Broadcasters, Blame Economic Challenges On Corruption

BON, CorruptionThe Federal Government has blamed the poor state of the economy on corruption and the falling price of crude oil.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, expressed the view while speaking at a meeting with members of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON).

As the administration marks its first year in office, five federal ministers held a meeting with members of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria.

The Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige; Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah were part of the ministerial delegation.

Media executives listened to the ministers as they took time to explain their achievements and challenges over the past one year. The most challenging for the new administration has been the economy.

The Information Minister said that Nigeria was passing through a very a difficult time and that the road to economic prosperity would be rough. He said that if the present administration had not been elected, the country’s economy would have collapsed.

“Our economy, or whatever is left of it after years of serial mismanagement and massive corruption is in a very bad state. Throw into the mix, the huge fall in oil price and you have nothing but a disaster of an economy.

“But this government is aware that it was not elected to make excuses but to put the nation back to work,” he said.

The ministers promised that the administration would focus on tackling insecurity and fighting corruption as these are the major ways of revamping the economy.

They, however, noted that there was a backlog of issues to be sorted out, like the huge debt owed contractors, which the Power Minister explained.

“We must not allow yesterday’s misfortunes to recur again. It starts from the gradual process of failing to do simple maintenance; failing to paint or failing to clean.

“The impact of what we see today clearly didn’t start today. So if we have paid contractors, we clearly won’t have the kinds of roads that we have today.

“My meeting with contractors in Power and in Works over the last 10 days, the common thread is that they haven’t received payment for an average of three years.”

Nevertheless, the minsters reaffirmed the administration’s commitment to embarking on infrastructural development across the country.

The ministers also gave the assurance that the government would fulfil its election campaign promises to Nigerians.

El-Rufai Signs 171.7bn Naira Budget Into Law

el-rufaiKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has signed the 2016 Budget into law with a promise to fulfill all his campaign promises to the people of the state.

This comes as citizens of the state task the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government on ensuring that all the projects assigned and budgeted for in the 2016 Budget are completed.

The governor had on November 28, 2015, presented a budget of 171.7bn Naira to the State House of Assembly for approval, explaining that the budget was made up of 109.3b Naira capital and 62.4bn Naira recurrent expenditure.

The budget named, “Budget of Sacrifice, Restoration and Change” according to the Governor, is aimed at making Kaduna great again.

Speaking shortly after signing the appropriation bill into law, El-Rufai said the budget proposals restore the minimum of 60:40 ratio in favor of capital expenditure. He commended the State House of Assembly for the speedy passage of the budget and promised to implement it to the latter.

For some indigenes of the state, effective budget monitoring and implementation therefore, remains one sure route to the state’s economic and socio-infrastructural rejuvenation.

They pleaded with the government to revive the education, health and other critical sectors in the state, and also initiate programmes that would create more jobs for the teeming unemployed youths.

The people also urged the El-Rufai-led government to embark immediately on the diversification of the state’s economic framework by a way of strengthening its revenue base.

In the 2016 budget, Works, Housing and Transport got the largest share of 31,352,898,071.95 Naira with education coming behind with 27,548,679,874.2 Naira.