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Tuesday, February 9, 2021


By Glory James

The Ministry of Special Duties Commissioner  Rt.  Hon. Okpolupm Etteh  said, the essence of attaching  Engineers to projects under his Ministry's purview, is to ensure that agreed standards and specifications are adhered to thereby giving government value for tax payers monies invested in those projects.

The Commissioner  stated this when he assessed the level of work at the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Facility at the Victor Attah International Airport.

Representing the Commissioner, the Permanent Secretary, Engr. Efiong Efiakedoho said the inspection/monitoring of the project was to ensure specifications are duly followed, urging contractors handling projects under the ministry's purview to cooperate with the government engineers by providing them with timely and relevant details and information.

Rt. Hon. Etteh said the Emmanuel administration was committed to completing the facility on schedule and deploying it for use because of the strategic advantage it will accord the state and nation in the sub Saharan aviation sector.

"We want to assure you that His Excellency, the Governor has this project as the apple of his eyes and he will do everything humanly possible to see to it final completion" he said.

The Honourable Commissioner said the MRO has passed through the hands of two previous companies before the present one namely Messrs CAMOSA Limited, saying the Emmanuel administration expects the project to be completed within the contractual duration given by Government. 

He charged the contractor to bring to bare their wealth of experience in the project and commended them for the quality of the present state of the project as well as their cooperation with the ministry's supervising team.

Giving details of the MRO Project, the CAMOSA Project Director, Mr Kobus Marias, said the firm was trying to achieve 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.

Accompanied by Permanent Secretary to the project site was a Director of Engineering, Engr. Ephraim Udosen. 

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