Senator urges contractor to complete Port Harcourt airport

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The lawmaker representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Senator Andrew Uchendu, has urged the contractor handling the remodelling of the domestic terminal of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Rivers State, to accelerate the pace of work.

He made the call in Port Harcourt, during a visit to the airport to inspect ongoing projects and state of the facilities.

Uchendu said: ”I am impressed by the level of construction work at the new Port Harcourt International Airport terminal. I must give kudos to the Minister for Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and his team, for a job well done.

“I am, however, not impressed by the slow pace of the contractor handling the remodelling of the domestic terminal of the airport. Hence, I am demanding acceleration of work.

“The reconstruction of the local wing of the airport was awarded when I was a member of the House of Representatives. It is unfortunate that since then, the project has not been completed. As the senator representing the area where this airport is domiciled, I am concerned. That is why I came to assess things by myself.

“Nigerians and Rivers people are not happy with the progress of work being done at the airport. It is in the interest of everybody to ensure that the work is completed and very soon too.

“As the Senator representing this senatorial district, I will try and reach out to the authorities in charge to find out what the problems are. If it is a problem of funding or a budget-related issue, then there are certain things that some of us can do. So that by October or November, the local wing can be completed. If the problem is from the contractor, then I will report him to the Minister for Transportation and his team. So that they can take necessary action that will accelerate the pace of work. All we want is progress.”

The representative of Rivers East senatorial district also decried the very poor record, in terms of employment in the airport of members of the host communities.

He said: “I am not satisfied with what has been done to the host communities (of the airport), in terms of employment. If since 1975, Omagwa and Ipo communities can boast of only one senior staff member in the employ of the airport, and then it is indeed a very poor record.

“We must change the narrative. We must see to it that improvements are made. My people must be represented at all levels. The Federal Government’s policy on catchment area must be complied with fully.”

Uchendu also stated that as part of its corporate social responsibility, the management of the Port Harcourt International Airport should provide town halls and markets for the host communities, as well as power supply by connecting them to the national grid.

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