The Presidency has explained why Acting President Yemi Osinbajo paid an unscheduled visit to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, on Thursday.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, said it was to begin the implementation of the 60-day Action Plan to push Ease of Doing Business reforms in the country adopted by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC).
The visit of the Acting President’s caught airport workers by surprise when he inspected the travel elevator at the international wing of the airport and the three conveyor belts recently commissioned by the federal government at the terminal.
In a statement, Vice President Osinbajo when talking about the visit, said “as part of our work on the Ease of Doing Business, on making the environment friendly, not just for local businesses but also for those who want to come and do business in Nigeria, the airport obviously is one of the major places where we need to ensure that facilities are working and that things are being run properly.”
“So we have looked around, we’ve seen some of the equipment. There are many many things that need to be done, many things that need to be corrected, and we have to work on them as quickly as possible.”
The statement said during the visit, the Acting President checked out the toilets, noticed some of the non-functioning carousels in the arrival hall, went to Immigration officials to check the progress of plans to grant visa on arrivals to foreign investors, observed the non-functioning air-conditioners and chillers in the Departure and Arrival halls, the escalators and elevators that are in a state of disrepair among several others.
At a meeting of PEBEC, Osinbajo had said “we are trying to improve the business environment in three broad respects; the entry and exit of goods, the entry and exit of persons into Nigeria, and then general government transparency and efficiency in government agencies & parastatals.”
The Acting President was accompanied by the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and the General Manager, Mechanical, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Ephraim Nwodo guided him during the tour.