Nigeria set for World Economic Forum



Following orders from President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure a hitch free world Economic Summit, the Minister of Aviation, Samuel Ortom yesterday declared the aviation sector ready for the forum.

Nigeria will be hosting the World Economic Forum which will begin on Wednesday.

The Minister made the disclosure at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja while briefing News men after inspecting facilities put in place to meet up with the directives of the President.

Ortom while explaining that the facilities put in place will create good impression to world leaders who will be meeting in Abuja for the forum said airport is a major point of call for world leaders before they embark on their assignment.

Speaking on security, he stated that the Ministry had contacted security agencies in the country, thus there will be tight security in every airport in the country.

He added that provisions have also been made for alternative source of power supply that has the capacity to generate power to all parts of the airport, especially Abuja and Lagos.

According to Ortom, “Nigeria is going to host the world economy forum and the whole world of course is going to be here and we have received matching orders from Mr president to ensure that we have a hitch free world economy forum.

“For us in the aviation industry and Ministry, we have very major role because it is the first point of call when world leaders come in and so we are here to do inspection for what we are trying to put in place to ensure a hitch free forum.
“We have come to tidy up the airport and to ensure that everything is in pace so that our people will come and have a good impression about Nigeria.

The Minister who admitted that Nigerian aviation sector cannot be compared to the rest of the world affirmed that efforts are made to get to world standard.

“We know we have not gotten there, but we have done our best. You can see hat government has invested so much in aviation since the transformation programme came in and it is ongoing. We want to be where the rest of the world is but we have not gotten there. We are matching forward and you know the journey of a thousand kilometres starts with one step”, he said.

He said, “We have made adequate arrangements for security. All the security agencies of Nigeria. At the highest level have given us attention and we are on top of the situation as far as our airports in Nigeria are concerned. And as for power supply, we have it from the Minister of power that power will be dedicated to our airports but we are not just looking at that, we have made alternative arrangements by adequately providing alternative generators that has the capacity to carry the whole airports especially Abuja and Lagos where we will be receiving these delegates and I’ve just inspected the power stations.”