By Adedapo Adesanya
The federal government says the newly completed Terminal Two of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos has created over 10,000 direct and indirect job opportunities.
This was pointed out by the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, while inspecting the terminal and its state-of-the-art facilities and fittings in the company of Captain Rabiu Yadudu, the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Addressing the newsmen, the Minister also said the new facility has the capacity to process 14 million passengers per annum, stressing that it was built to complement Terminal One and not to replace it.
“That is why we were told that you could check in at one terminal and board at the other, so there is a handshake between the two terminals.
“It was the first terminal added to the original terminal since it was built some 40 years ago.
“The Terminal Two project started in 2013 and was completed by the present administration in 2022 under a bilateral agreement with the People’s Republic of China,’’ he said.
He said the edifice, replicated in Abuja, Port-Harcourt, Enugu, and Kano airports, is a testament to the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in infrastructure development.
According to the Minister, the Buhari administration’s commitment to infrastructure development covering roads, bridges, rail, water dams, and sea ports was unprecedented.
“No administration in the history of Nigeria has done this much, especially at a time of scarcity of resources,” the minister said.
Speaking on the facilities and fittings in the terminal, the minister said it was a whole new experience, especially in terms of aesthetics, comfort, free trolley services, hotel and premium lounges, friendly customer services, and free wifi.
“I must confess it was an exhilarating experience comparable to what obtains anywhere in the world,’’ he said.
The new terminal has 60 check-in counters, seven passenger boarding bridges as well as five baggage claim belts, 16 departure desks, and 28 arrival desks.
There are eight security screening points, a fully automated security control room with CCTV, and an eye-based lie detector machine.
The team was also taken through the experiences of passengers departing from and arriving at the terminal, Passport Control/Immigration Desks, Visa on Arrival Point, and the Arrival Concourse.
The facilities included the Ticketing Point, Passport Control, Port Health Screening and praying area for Muslims and Christians. Yadudu, in his remarks, said the terminal was long overdue and thanked the president for his commitment to completing all ongoing projects.
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Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.
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By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations in Lagos State, Mr Paul Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, has been redeployed to the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.
This followed a minor reshuffling of the cabinet by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and the resignation of the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Idris Salako, a few days ago.
He tendered his resignation after a seven-storey building under construction in the Victoria Island area of the metropolis collapsed, killing about six people.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, said the new Physical Planning Commissioner is an astute Civil Engineer with over 33 years of professional experience as a public servant.
He has served the Lagos State Government in various capacities, such as Area/Resident Engineer, Director of Planning and Design, General Manager of the Lagos State Ferry Services, Executive Secretary and Vice Chairman of the Lagos State Roads, Bridges and Highway Infrastructure Private Sector Participation (PSP) Board.
He rose through the public service ranks to become a Permanent Secretary in 2005. He headed at different times, the Ministry of Rural Infrastructure, Ministry of Housing and Ministry of Works and Infrastructure from where he retired in 2015.
After retirement, he engaged himself in various consultancy services and project development until 2018 when he joined BOS/KOH Team as a member of the Strategic Economy Committee and then later a member of the Transition Committee during which he was Team Lead for the Transport and Traffic Management Subcommittee.
Mr Bamgbose-Martins was born on June 3, 1957, in Lagos and had his primary education at St. Mary’s Private School, Lagos in 1969. He attended St. Gregory’s College, Lagos for his secondary education, which he completed in 1974. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and a Master of Science Degree (MSc.) in Civil Engineering from the University of Lagos, majoring in Highways/Transportation.
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Mr Paris Anatolitis has been appointed as the new chief executive of Moja Group, a leading African digital expert and consultancy service.
The appointee will be expected to help spearhead the company’s progressive strategic objectives as it positions itself as one of the most prominent in this high-potential region thanks to an unrivalled understanding of the local dynamics of each individual market.
Prior to this appointment, Mr Anatolitis was the Commercial Director for Entain and played a leading role in growing the organisation’s gaming business, while also enhancing digital performance, exploring and expanding into new territories and identifying M&A opportunities.
He has over 14 years of digital gambling experience working in several influential iGaming roles, including senior positions as Entain Casino Marketing Director, Head of Product Marketing and Country Manager for Sportingbet in Greece.
“Moja Group’s market dominance within Africa and the vast opportunities that still exist in the region, and beyond, made the role incredibly enticing. I cannot wait to take the helm as we embark on a very interesting period for the business.
“A core driver of our vision will be investing in talent and skills, helping us launch products and services that existing and future customers of our markets will enjoy responsibly,” Mr Anatolitis said.
“We’re very fortunate to have Paris join the business and be able to leverage his experience and prowess to keep pushing the company forward. His commitment to creating a working environment that nurtures existing partners and employees as well as attracting external talent was a major appeal,” the co-founder of Moja Group, Mr Marc Saba commented.
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development in Lagos State, Mr Idris Salako, has resigned his appointment, a statement from the state government has revealed.
Mr Salako resigned from office 24 hours after a seven-storey building collapsed in the Victoria Island area of the state.
In the statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, on Monday, it was disclosed that the resignation has been accepted by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
“The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has accepted the resignation of the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako.
“This is a prelude to the restructuring of the Ministry and its agencies.
“Governor Sanwo-Olu thanks the Commissioner for his services to the state and wishes him success in his future endeavours.
“The Governor warns all players in the sector to respect the law or face the consequences of any indiscretion, no matter who the perpetrators are,” the statement said.
Lagos State has recently witnessed the collapse of buildings, especially under construction and these have raised concerns over the ability of the government to regulate the sector.
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