Aviation agencies to automate airport charges

The Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, has approved the reports of the committee on Aviation Revenue Automation Project (ARAP) to automate all aviation agencies revenue collection at airports.

Chidoka made the approval when the ARAP committee pre­sented its findings and recom­mendations to the minister in Lagos.

He said the ministry has there­by approved a review in the cost and charges of the automation system.

According to him, all aviation agencies were thereby given one week for the implementation of the project cost and their targets.

He noted that part of the rea­sons for the project was to please customers and guard against fre­quent delays and cancellations experienced air travellers at air­ports across the country.

“However, it is the aviation industry that are on trial when­ever people witnessed service failure,” he said.

Chidoka noted that any Chief Executive who fails to comply with the implementation of the project within 60 days would be sanctioned.

The minister expressed opti­mism that the implementation of the project would increase the efficiency of workers and stake­holders in the industry.

He added that it would enable agencies in the aviation industry to deliver higher quality services to the public.

“ARAP is aimed at automat­ing all aviation related activities in all the airports in Nigeria to provide revenue assurance for the industry.

“This project will make the industry a world class provider of safe, secured and comfortable transport industry.

“The project is self-sustaining and pivotal to social economic growth, transforming the sector into an efficient, profitable and preferred mode of transporta­tion,” he said.

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