By Eric Elezuo
The Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Ovation International and journalist of repute, Chief Dele Momodu, has called on the Minister of Transport, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, and his counterpart in the Aviation sector, Mr. Hadi Sirika, to, as a matter of urgency, see to the sanitary requirement of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
Momodu made this remarks in his weekly thesis, PENdulum published this Saturday, where he stressed that the state of the airport is that of ‘incredible shame’.
“This is yet another passionate appeal to our friends and brothers, Rt. Honourable Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Hadi Sirika who are both in charge of the Transport and Aviation sectors respectively, that something urgent and drastic should be done about the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. In the name of God, someone needs to save us from this incredible shame,” he wrote.
The first class journalist reminiscence that what he is doing is what he did during the Stella Oduah era, saying he would not keep quiet as a lover of Nigeria.
“I have chosen to write about this subject today because I did the same thing when Princess Stella Oduah was Aviation Minister and many thought we were writing and criticising because we hated President Goodluck Jonathan. That is far from the truth. Anyone who loves Nigeria would naturally worry about the monstrosity that this airport has become. I have already written several times about different aspects of the operation and condition of the airport but cannot stop because it is the number one gateway to our country for most potential investors.”
He pointed categorically the stench that pervades the airport environment, asking the honourable ministers to live up to their billing and find a lasting solution to the shame as the airport is the ‘gateway’ to most investors into Nigeria.
“I still don’t understand why anybody can survive inside such squalid conditions on a daily basis. The place is a certified health and safety hazard and bodes ill for the good health and welfare of workers, passengers and other users of that airport. Our two Ministers must do something drastic to bring that place to the best of international standards. We cannot afford to continue to do things shabbily,” Momodu said.