By Fidelis Ugbomeh
The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Engr. Saleh Dunoma, has initiated the implementation of the Executive Order given by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
Engr. Dunoma assured the Acting President of full compliance and has immediately put in place machinery to ensure a successful implementation of the Executive Order which he will supervise himself.
He said the importance of the Executive Order cannot be overemphasized, especially because it will strengthen the nation’s fight against terrorism, eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy that impedes business activities at our airports. He also added that, this will improve safety, security and passenger facilitation within and around the airport.
He made this remarks during a stakeholders forum held recently at the Press Centre of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja. The implementation of the executive order takes immediate effect.
In a statement signed by Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Engr. Dunoma urged passengers, airport users and general public to cooperate with FAAN officials saddled to carry out this responsibility.
Recalled that, Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo had early last month, issued an Executive Order aimed to “Ease Doing Business in Nigeria”.
According to the Executive Order, there shall be no touting whatsoever by official or unofficial persons at any port in Nigeria even as on duty staff shall be properly identified by uniform and official cards.
Also, off duty staff shall stay away from the ports except with the express approval of the agency head.
Similarly, all non-official staff shall be removed from the secured areas of airports. No official of FAAN, Immigration, security agency or Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) or any other agency is to meet any non-designated dignitary at any secure areas of the airport just as the official approved list of dignitaries that have been pre-approved to be received by protocol officers shall be made available to AVSEC and other relevant agencies ahead of their arrival at the airport.
The Executive Order further stipulates that any official caught soliciting or receiving bribes from passengers or other port users shall be subject to immediate removal from post and disciplinary as well as criminal proceedings in line with extant laws and regulations
In a similar vein, Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has given the Lagos State Government permission to embark on a total reconstruction of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road from Oshodi.
Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, who made the disclosure, commended the Acting President for his statesman like approach to issues and for fast tracking the process.
“We are very appreciative of the good gesture of His Excellency, the Acting President for acceding to our request which is not only very timely but a very heartwarming one. Posterity will never forget this genuine developmental action”, Governor Ambode said.
He also described the approval as a 50th birthday to the people of Lagos State, adding that it a further demonstration of the determination of the present administration to ensure the effectiveness of the Executive Order on improving the Ease of Doing Business recently signed by the Acting President.