The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced that the implementation of Executive Order as directed by Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, the Acting President of Nigeria, is on course and at 60 per cent.
Engr. Saleh Dunoma, the managing director/CEO explains the status of implementation on Executive Order on the "Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria” at various airports around the country.
Similarly, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has begun its immediate implementation with the Managing Director, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu driving the process.
While inspecting the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, he said, “We are here at Murtala Muhammed Airport to look at the implementation of the Executive Order. We are at various stages of the implementation and we are working with all the security agencies and other stakeholders at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and indeed with other international airports around the country to make sure the Executive Order is implemented and We have met 60 per cent of the requirements needed in order to make sure the Executive Order is implemented”.
“We have held series of meeting with the stakeholders. So far, every agency is working on certain aspects as it concerns them. But FAAN, the overall supervisor of the operations at the airport is coordinating all this and of course, FAAN has certain things to do. We need to improve on some certain infrastructure. This infrastructure is being put in place so that other participating agencies will find it easy to implement their bit of the Executive Order.”
On level of cooperation from other agencies, Dunoma said: “So far, all the agencies at the airports are cooperating with us. We have agreed on certain number of things that we need to do. All the agreement based on the Executive Order are being implemented. A lot of things are going to happen tomorrow because we expect that most of the implementation will be done tomorrow (Tuesday).”
He said some timelines were chosen to better perfect the implementation. “We chose some timelines that is before the deadline given to us through the Executive Order, so that we can test run these systems and if there are issues, they will be corrected before the actual deadline given to us.”
Nama Commences Implementation
In a bid to key into the recent executive order by the Federal Government on the ease of doing business in the country, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has begun its immediate implementation with the Managing Director, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu driving the process.
In a statement, Akinkuotu noted that in order to beat the June 8 deadline for full implementation, the agency has already updated its website showing the requirements, conditions and procedures for doing business or obtaining services in NAMA including all fees and timelines necessary for the processing of applications for the services.
He also disclosed that the agency shall be organizing workshop sessions to adequately enlighten and sensitize both staff and industry stakeholders on the essence and imperative of the executive orders adding that the agency shall also be collaborating with other aviation agencies with a view to harmonizing processes in order to achieve the single user interface at the airports as directed by the federal government.
Capt. Akinkuotu also hinted that in compliance with the order, the agency was working out modalities to increase local content in its procurement process as this would boost locally manufactured goods in the country.
While charging staff to ensure strict compliance with all stated directives within the stipulated guidelines in the order, he enjoined them to ensure that the element of transparency permeates the entire systems and processes within the agency’s scope of operations.
It would be recalled that the Ag. President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo had on May 18 2017 signed three far-reaching executive orders expected to ease business, fast-track budget submission and promote made in Nigeria products.