The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited and Nigeria Immigration Service have been lauded for the renovation of the E-Arrival Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The oil and gas giants were commended by the Minister of Interior, Dr Tunji Ojo, Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, during the unveiling of the renovated and remodelled project.
The stakeholders said the partnership of NNPC/SNEPCO and NIS on the renovation of the facility was a testament to the positive impact achievable when public and private entities come together to promote a good cause.
The project was initiated about a year ago by the Comptroller of Immigration, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos Command, Adeola Adesokan, and was completed within six weeks through the sponsorship of the NNPC/SNEPCO partnership.
In his speech at the unveiling occasion, Managing Director/Chief Executive of FAAN, Alhaji Kabir Mohammed, who was represented by the Director of Airports Operations, Captain Mukhtar Muyel, appreciated the initiator and sponsors of the project, noting that the renovation of the facility was a symbol of progress and a beacon of national growth.
“Your dedication to the development of our infrastructure is a testament to your investment in the future of Nigeria. This renovation signifies more than just an upgrade of our facilities, it is a symbol of progress, a beacon of our nation’s growth and a clear indication of commitment to seamless passage of passengers through our airport facilities,” Mohammed said.
Mohammed who noted that the Lagos Airport was not just a gateway to Nigeria, but a hub to sub-Saharan Africa, assured that with the project, every traveller, whether Nigerian or international, would experience the warmth, efficiency, and spirit of excellence of Nigeria.
He said, “As we commission this project today, let us remember that it is not just about the ambience and beauty, but about the people who will use them. It is about the travellers who will pass through our gates, the staff who will work within these walls, and countless individuals who will benefit from the increased connectivity.”
He promised that FAAN would continue to strive for excellence, improve its infrastructure, and make Nigeria a destination of choice for the whole.
Muyel however urged NNPC/SNEPCO to extend its philanthropic gesture to the D wing of the Airport, even as he restated the commitment of FAAN to pursue the agenda of the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo for the industry.
Also in his address at the event, The Minister of Interior, Dr Bummi Ojo, noted that what NIS had done was the manifestation of the reforms he had brought into the service as Minister.
Ojo noted that the era where government business was seen as no man’s business was gone forever in the service.
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Gbenga Oyerinde, commended the sustainable development partnership between NNPC/ SNEPCO and NIS at the airport, noting that it was a dividend of collaborative efforts between the public and private sector.
Sanwo-Olu who acknowledged the outstanding generosity and unwavering commitment of NNPC/ SNEPCO to the principle of Corporate Social Responsibility leading to the execution of the project, noted, “This remarkable project is not merely a physical transformation, it is a symbol of our dedication to foster seamless passengers’ journey and upholding Nigeria’s reputation as a welcoming destination.”
He added that the airport was positioned to give a first and lasting impression to visitors, tourists, and high-net-worth investors. ‘’Thus, the remodelling of the Arrival Wing is indeed a major accomplishment that will significantly improve the status of this airport and provide a beautiful and lasting experience for all visitors in Nigeria.’’
Sanwo-Olu said, “The Arrival Wings is not just about bricks and mortar, it is about creating a positive first impression for visitors to our country. It also showcases our commitment to efficiency, innovations, and hospitality. It is all about making a statement that Nigeria is open for business and welcomes visitors with open arms. Let us not only appreciate the structure but also the spirit of partnership and share the responsibility that underlies its existence.
The Governor enjoined all officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service and other relevant agencies operating in the Airport to complement these facilities with an improved dedication to quick and seamless service.
In her address at the commissioning of the project, The Comptroller General, NIS, Caroline Adepoju, appreciated the initiators of the project and the financiers.
“When there is a will, there is a way. With a strong will passion and willingness to serve, there is no impossibility. For you, for this nation, the future is bright. You can rest assured,” Adepoju said.