NAIA closure: Professionals demand technical audit of airports

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Friday Olokor, Abuja

The Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria has demanded a technical audit of all airports in the country to correct some of the anomalies leading to the planned closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja in a few weeks’ time for the repair of its runway.

The association also expressed disappointment in the poor power generation and distribution in the country, saying, “Improvement in this area will significantly change the economic narrative of our nation.”

The President, APBN, Dr. Idris Omede, expressed these in a statement obtained by our correspondent on Monday after the body’s board meeting hosted by the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria in Lagos.

According to him, the APBN is calling on government at all levels to embrace and engage Nigerian professionals in programmes, projects and activities that border on professionalism.

Omede said, “This is to appropriately situate our professionals in the present and future growth and development of the country. It is our professional expectations that the expectant painful closure of the Abuja international airport in a few weeks from now for reconstruction and repair of a major length and dimensions will be expeditiously and precisely done with specifications within the prescribed timelines to minimise the difficulties, challenges and inconveniences to the users, as well as the economic loss and security issues associated with the closure.

“As a professional body, precision, accuracy, specification, safety and timeliness are our watchwords. The APBN recommends technical audit of all other airports to avoid a similar situation in future.”

While suggesting that the proposed merger of the Bank of Industry and Bank of Agriculture should be stepped down, the APBN said, “Instead, the BoI should be recapitalised and allowed to function as a separate functional entity based on its impressive performance over the years.”

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