By Kenneth Ehigiator
No fewer than 50 Heads of State and Governments are expected to attended the inauguration ceremony of President Goodluck Jonathan on May 28.
This came as the Presidential Committee on the inauguration inspected facilities at the Murtala Muhammed Airport ahead of the inauguration.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Aviation, Capt. Shehu Iyal, who disclosed this yesterday, said the essence of the Presidential Committee was to make the entry of the leaders into and out of the country for the inauguration seamless.
Iyal, who is a member of the committee which also consists of representatives of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA; Nigeria Air Force; State Security Services, SSS; Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA; and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the committee had been working hard to ensure that all airport facilities were in good shape for the VIPs coming for the inauguration.
Iyal explained that the protocol committee had visited and inspected facilities at both the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, as well as the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, with a view to ensuring that all facilities were in top shape for the event.
He also urged the relevant aviation agencies to improve on the facilities provided during the independence golden jubilee anniversary which gave rise to upgrade of facilities at major airports across the country.
According to him, airports the visiting Heads of State and governments will make a brief stop at during the inauguration include, Lagos and Abuja, which perimeter fencing were recently concluded by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, to improve safety and security during and beyond the inauguration ceremony.
At the presidential wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, some of the facilities have received a face lift just as there is improved lighting at the tarmac.