Why Port Harcourt Int’l Airport May Not Get A Proposed Makeover
If you have been to the domestic wing of Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers, you would understand why it requires urgent makeover.
The first thing that shocks first time visitors is the giant tent used as the arrival terminal.
It could easily pass as the worst in the country.
The federal government has since awarded a remodeling contract to build permanent structures, but it appears the project has stalled.
Now, the government is threatening to revoke the contract.
Senator Hadi Sirika, Minister for State, Aviation said the Federal Government may revoke the remodeling contract due to slow pace of work by the contractor.
Sirika made this known to newsmen during an inspection of ongoing construction at the Port Harcourt airport on Tuesday.
He said that work on the arrival terminal of the domestic wing of the airport, being handled by INTER-BAU Construction Ltd., had suffered prolonged delay since inception in 2012.
Sirika lamented that despite all the contract variations that the company had enjoyed from the past and present administrations, it is yet to deliver on the project.
“Unfortunately, this contract was awarded in 2012 and since then the contractor has taken his own speed on delivery…I’m totally disappointed at his slow pace of work and services,” he said.
“As a Minister for State Aviation, I had invited the contractor severally to my office to chart a way forward and I had also approved some variations for him.
“I also made it clear to him that there would be no more variation going forward until this project is delivered.
“We gave him time lines but he is not adhering to the time lines; I’m constrained to take drastic legal action against him when I leave here,” he declared.
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