The Federal Government has ordered a complete audit of Dana airline.
The airline has recently been involved in some incident. One of its planes overshot the runway in Port Harcourt and the door of another one flung open while taxing at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.
Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity to the President Mallam Garba Shehu told reporters after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, that the audit would cover the personnel and assets of the airline.
Also at the briefing were Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, Minister of Budget and National Planning Udoma Udo Udoma, and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Usani Uguru Usani.
Shehu said: “A lot of quality time was spent discussing air safety. The government of Nigeria is very much concerned about safety and the lives of Nigerians; this is following the recent air incidents.
”Minor as they were because there were no fatalities, the government did feel concerned and the Minister did the report to the Council on steps that were taken following the last incident in Port Harcourt, Dana aircraft overshooting the runaway. As soon as that happened, a few seconds, a rescue team was there on the ground and few moments thereafter every passenger on board was evacuated. There was no harm to persons and this is something that should be celebrated.
”Within 24 hours an official investigation had commenced because investigators arrived in Port Harcourt and began work. One week after, that a preliminary report was prepared and it was about this that the Council was briefed.
”Consequently as announced by the aviation authorities, the engineer and pilot of that particular aircraft got their licences suspended and beyond that the government has ordered a complete audit of Dana airlines in terms of personnel, operations, and technical capacity.” he said
He said the Council had approved the augmentation of the contract sum for the rehabilitation of the burnt Marina Bridge and the Maintenance of Eko (Apobgbon) and Iddo bridges in Lagos State, in Favour of Messrs. Buildwell Plant and Equipment Industries Limited, in the sum of N114,424,225.05.
The amount, he said, represented 12 per cent of the original contract sum.
He said that the contract sum was reviewed from N957,053,316.45 to N1,071,29,541.40 with additional completion period of six months.
The Council, he said, also approved augmentation for Mangu Dam, in Plateau State to N7.66 billion from original cost of N5.66 billion increasing the total contract sum to N13.2 billion.
Dan-Ali said that his Ministry presented to the Council the status of the implementation of approved capital projects and achievements of the Ministry of Defence from 2015 to 2017.
”Some of the facilities renovated were neglected for over forty years. Between 2015-2017 a total of 18 rehabilitation works have been carried out in various barracks across the six geo political zones by the Ministry. Similarly Defence Headquarters also approved 36 capital projects within the period.
”The Nigerian Army embarked on 68 approved projects. Nigerian Navy implemented 31 projects while a total number of 64 projects were also implemented by the Nigerian Air force.” he said
Udoma said he briefed the Council on the NBS recent report.
He said: ”You will recall that it indicated that in the last quarter of 2017 the economy had continued its positive growth trajectory by growing by 1.92%. This is higher than the previous quarter when it grew by 1.40%. And higher still from the 2nd Quarter, when it grew by 0.72%.
”The numbers clearly show that the economy has fully exited recession.
”Capital inflows in 2017 were US$12,228 million, a growth of 138.6% over the total inflow in 2016 of US$5,124 million. This has been a factor in the build-up of our foreign reserves which have grown from US$23.81 billion in September 2016 to almost US$42 billion.
”And, of course one of the ways we are intensifying implementation of the ERGP are the ERGP focus labs which will be launched next week Tuesday, 13th March, by Mr President.” he stated
Usani Uguru, said the Council approved the design of section five of East – West Road meant to link Oron in Akwa Ibom to Calabar in Cross River State.