Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Hope Uzodimma and the Minister of Aviation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday pledged to separately carry out a comprehensive audit on the renovation of the nation’s airports carried out by the last administration.
Uzodimma and Amaechi made the pledge during the budget defence session involving the committee and the Aviation Ministry.
The committee chairman wondered why the ministry would still include some projects contained in the first phase of the airport remodelling exercise when the work was about 99 percent completed.
“I can see some phase one projects. For phase two which is about 75 percent competed, I still see a lot of projects under it in your budget. Since there was no approval for phase three, we asked you not to sign agreement but I learnt that you had signed some agreements and backdated it.
“We are going to audit the project. We are going to support the minister to carry out comprehensive audit, so that we check whether if you have exposed government to the over N300billion debt profile for aviation before us.
“We have been begging you for the past six years to supply names of consultants supervising your projects but you didn’t supply. Let us have engineering design so that we will be able to compare the cost but you didn’t give us. How do we now approve further money for this project going forward? We need the technical staff to work with our committee so that we can achieve a workable budget,” Uzodimma stressed.
Earlier, Amaechi informed that the ministry would carry out extensive audit of the nation’s airports for more safety and effective operations this year.
According to him, the country needs to grow beyond building of airports for the sake of it, saying such project often determines the economy of this states.
The minister stated that though some companies had submitted proposals on building national carriers, it was being discussed with President Muhammadu Buhari before it would be presented to the Federal Executive Council, FEC.