Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Special Duties, Rt. Hon. Okpolupm Etteh, has said the timely establishment of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility at the Victor Attah International Airport is critical to the state, nation and sub-saharan aviation sector.
Rt. Hon. Etteh, who stated this during an on-the-spot assessment of work at the facility recently, said “the essence of attaching engineers to projects supervised by the Ministry is to ensure standards and specifications are adhered to and to also give government value for tax payers monies invested in those projects.”
Represented by his Permanent Secretary, Engr. Efiong Efiakedoho, Rt. Hon. Etteh urged contractors handling projects to cooperate with the government engineers by providing them with timely and relevant information.
The Commissioner said the Udom Emmanuel-led administration was committed to completing the facility as scheduled and deploying same to use because of it strategic advantage to the state, nation and in the sub-Saharan aviation sector.
“The MRO has passed through the hands of two previous companies before the present one, Messrs CAMOSA Limited. This administration expects the project to be completed within the contractual duration given by Government. I urged the contractor to put in its best in the project,” he said.
Giving details of the MRO Project, the CAMOSA Project Director, Mr Kobus Marias, said the firm will put a world-class facility that will help the government achieve its aim and also get good Returns-On-Investment.
He said CAMOSA was awarded contract for the completion of the MRO after having completed the initial contract of erecting the VIP hanger at the Airport and assured that the MRO completion phase, which started October 2020 will be completed in (14) fourteen months.
He said the hanger was designed to service two B747-400 aircrafts or four number B737/A320 to Q400/ATR42/72 aircrafts.
The Project Director said work was currently in progress in the dormitory area, offices and Air Conditioning equipment while the bulk of the work will be on the hanger floor construction.
The MRO on completion shall have allied support shops such as paint, wheel and brake, landing, sheet metal /machine, battery, Hydraulic welding, cabin repair/overhaul shops and many more facilities including a training theatre.