…. as NCAA rates facilities high

Evelyn-A. Bassey




A former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah, has expressed appreciation to the Federal  Government, for taking interest in the ongoing efforts of Governor Emmanuel’s administration to ensure completion and utilization of the Maintenance, Repairs and Overhaul, MRO, facilities at the Akwa Ibom International Airport.

Obong Attah made the remarks in an interaction with Government House reporters shortly after an accompanied visit on the Governor by a delegation from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, led by the Director of Air Worthiness Standard, Engr. Ita Awak, at Government House, Uyo.

The former Governor, who initiated the airport project during his tenure, said he was satisfied that his endeavors at convincing individuals about the superb quality of the MRO facilities in Akwa Ibom Airport, has eventually paid off, hoping that the yearnings of Nigerians for a functional MRO in the country, would soon be fulfilled.

“I kept trying to convince people that you cannot come close to the quality of the MRO facilities that  we have in Akwa Ibom. I’m glad the team is here and they are convinced, that is why I am excited and satisfied”, Obong Attah stated.

Reacting to the recent agitation for the re-introduction of the onshore/offshore dichotomy on resource control, Attah said that such idea was unacceptable, adding that it would be unfortunate  if the report of the restructuring committee suggested the re-introduction of any form of dichotomy.

According  to him, “they are talking about 200 metres isobar, I don’t accept that  because there can only be one boundary to a country and that boundary is defined by the aggregate boundaries of the components parts, that is the federation unit.

“So if there is a boundary for Nigeria that is at the economic zone, the boundary of any literal state must also be out at the economic zone and that is final”.

The resource control champion, called for the implementation of true federalism in police services, maintaining that there could be no proper functioning of  a federation without the state police.

The Director of Air Worthiness Standard of  the NCAA, Engr. Awak, said the team was in the state to assess the condition of the MRO facilities at the Ibom Airport, adjudging  the structure as one of the best in Africa..

While expressing delight at the quality of the facility, Awak pointed out  that the regulatory body would intimate the state government on necessary measures to be taken  to ensure that required standards are met for a full fledged MRO.

Awak, who acknowledged that Nigeria aviation industry recorded zero accidents between 2016  and 2017, explained that the NCAA was reviewing issues related to maintenance culture, to ensure safety of passengers and airlines, hoping that Akwa Ibom government would take on necessary investments to encourage partnership from the federal government.

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