The aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah has said that the 2013 budget of the Federal Ministry of Aviation is aims to improve and consolidate the on-going effort at infrastructural upgrade and the certification of all airports in the country in accordance with ICAO standards.
She declared that it is unacceptable that not all airports in the country are certified today.
The minister came out with this when she appeared before the senate Committee on Aviation to defende the 2013 budget proposal of the ministry.
The Minister said the current effort at reconstruction and remodelling of the airports would be consolidated and improved upon in the 2013 fiscal year especially with regard to the provision of safety-critical infrastructure.
According to her, areas that will receive priority attention include Landing instruments, security and communication infrastructure, water hydrants, fire fighting vehicles, airfield lighting and un-interrupted, 24-hour electricity supply as well as welfare buses for aviation workers to alleviate their hardship in terms of transportation to and from work, amongst others.
Speaking in the same vein, Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Hope Uzodinma said it is ''very sad that most of our airports are not certified in accordance with ICAO standards. We must therefore do everything possible to get them certified''.
The Chairman said other areas which deserve serious attention; and upon which government must find a way to fund in the 2013 budget is capacity building and training of professionals/experts by the Nigerian College of Aviation Technolgy (NCAT), airfield lighting as well the maintenance of the runways.