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House demands probe into use of airport funds

29 October 2015, 10:07Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Aviation to probe the use of funds meant for maintaining and servicing local airports.

The development follows survey findings the Port Harcourt, thought to be among the finest facilities in the world, was classified as having among the worst terminals.

The green chamber of the National Assembly also directed the committee to liaise with other relevant agencies to determine the slow pace of work and subsequent abandonment of work at the Port Harcourt International Airport.

The resolution was passed stemming from two separate motions moved by Honorable Datti Muhammed Garba and Honorable Boniface Emerengwa.

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Legislators  said for that the past five years, the National Assembly had budgeted over N500 billion for maintenance and servicing of airports. 

The lawmakers added that the industry had also recorded over $1billion as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from airport service charges but these were unaccounted for.

They acknowledged that the past government embarked upon renovation of key local airports which involved extensive expansion and modification of structures  to enhance the efficiency and smooth operations of the airports.

The lawmakers tasked the Committee to do a comprehensive investigation on the dilapidated states of the country's chain of airports reputed to be the second busiest in the continent.

- CAJ News

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