Minister Festus Keyamo Issues Stern Warning to Aviation Executives: “Support or Face Consequences”

Minister Seeks Stakeholder Backing to Deliver on Presidential Performance Bond at Inaugural Stakeholders’ Meeting

In a decisive move, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace, Mr. Festus Keyamo, has issued a stern warning to chief executives of aviation agencies under his ministry, emphasizing the urgency of their support in fulfilling the performance bond signed with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government.

Speaking at the first one-day stakeholders’ meeting since assuming office, Minister Keyamo asserted the gravity of the situation, stating, “On this side, it is either I get sacked or they get sacked. So, it is a race to who will survive. That’s what I have told all my CEOs, somebody must die first, but before I die, I will take you down.”

Addressing the CEOs directly, Keyamo stressed the need for collaboration, declaring that the future of both parties was intertwined. He recounted the recent three-day retreat with President Tinubu and other ministers, where a performance bond was signed. The minister underscored the importance of stakeholders’ support to prevent potential job termination.

During the meeting held in Lagos, Keyamo sought input from industry experts, emphasizing a collective effort to enhance the aviation sector’s roadmap and focus areas. He urged participants to focus on problem-solving rather than playing the blame game.

Highlighting activities under his ministry, Keyamo outlined his commitment to overhauling the existing international terminal at Nigeria’s airports, specifically citing the task force’s report on relocating foreign airlines to a new terminal. Additionally, he highlighted the reception of land for the construction of the second runway at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

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Commenting on his tenure, Keyamo acknowledged concerns raised by agencies and unions in the aviation industry, pledging to address them through a comprehensive management retreat after the stakeholders’ engagement.

As the minister navigates challenges and aims to meet presidential expectations, the stakeholders’ meeting serves as a crucial platform for collaboration and dialogue in shaping the future of Nigeria’s aviation sector.

 

 

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