Unless urgent steps are taken to remedy the situation, security and communications system at the international airport, Akwa Ibom State could be grounded.
Introserve Technologies Limited, a firm handling the installation, maintenance of security, information and communications infrastructure at the facility, alleged government was owing the company N67.2 million.
Managing director and chief executive officer of the firm, Chief Alex Nkennor who disclosed at a media chat in Uyo, warned flights operators and air passengers to beware.
According to him, the amount were the quoted figures expended on general maintenance and overhaul of security and information systems at the airport since 2014.
He recalled that the contract awarded to Introserve Technologies Limited by the state government through Alcon Nigeria Limited, had since been completed but expressed the fears that the state government’s refusal to make payment for the completion of the remaining phase (logistics) under the contract, could be disastrous to aircrafts and passengers travelling through the airport.
“Akwa Ibom State government’s inaction or non responsiveness to maintaining the installed ICT and security equipment is tantamount to exposing the passengers and the general public to avoidable danger, and also damage to the goodwill and integrity of the contractor in the event of aircraft accident like a particular incident, where flight was diverted to Port Harcourt airport.”
Chief Nkennor lamented that the airport which is of international standard has no effective communication due to the neglect of such facilities.
He said, he had written to the Federal Ministry of Aviation and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Abuja to audit the standards of maintenance of facilities at the airport.
Although the chairman of the Board, Ibom Airport Development Authority, Air Commodore, Idongesit Nkanga, could not be reached for his comment, the commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh, dismissed the allegations as unfounded, saying government has no business in the transactions. He, therefore, warned people against cashing in on the political times to blackmail government.
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