Lagos Airport: We need to quickly correct things, says Osinbajo

Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Barely few days after the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) adopted a 60-day Action Plan to push Ease of Doing Business reforms in the country, Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, paid a surprise visit to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, declaring an urgent task to correct many of the problems already identified by the council.

A statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, in Abuja yesterday quoted Osinbajo as saying the over one hour visit was in line with the work of PEBEC.

According to him: “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 have seen some of the equipment. There are 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.”

During the unscheduled visit, the Acting President checked out the toilets and observed 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.

He was accompanied by the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika. Specifically, at Tuesday’s meeting of PEBEC in Abuja, Osinbajo said” “We are trying to improve the business environment in three broad respects- the entry and exit of goods, entry and exit of persons into Nigeria and general government transparency and efficiency in government agencies and parastatals.”

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  • Babagordy

    These are some of the attributes of a very efficient manager; go to where the problem is, for an on the spot assesment

  • oloriakojo

    Very good and positive development.

    Vice President, can we look at finding better ways of inspecting luggages than the embarrassing method of stripping very luggage open in public before check-in for international flights..out of MM Lagos…besides the humiliation, this breeds extortion, intimidation and open request for bribery by officials at these tables……..


  • afroblacco

    I am utterly surprised that our 15 heads of states to date have not done anything about the Murtala Mohammed International airport!

    In one simple sentence, it is a disgrace!

    For all the anti corruption posturing of this government, bribery and corruption is STILL rife at our airport!

    This airport totally represents in stunning clarity the dire dysfunction that is Lagos, as well as Nigeria !

    All that Eko o ni baaje pap of Fashola didn’t venture anywhere near the airport!

    Why refurbishments , restructuring, overhauling and maintenance are not present in the Nigerian psyche is a deep concern!

    Nigerians, who are known to be dupists , fraudsters and scammers , can’t even use our international airport to deceive people!!

    Why can’t we use this great ‘skill’ to charm people into thinking better of us ?