By Augustine Aminu
The Executive Secretary of Nigerians Christians Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Uja Tor Uja has called on both federal and state governments to work in collaboration and partnership to upgrade and modernise facilities in airports for effective service delivery to Nigerians and the world.
He made the call recently during a visit to Yola International Airport as part of the activities in preparation for the Easter pilgrimage which is scheduled to formally take off on 2nd June.
He said government should take proactive measures that will facilitate a total overhaul of all the facilities at the local and international airports with the aim of giving a better service to the people.
According to him, “We need our citizens to be proud that they are leaving Nigeria from excellent airport where the air conditioners work, where the pavements are well done, where there are shields from rain and wind. You don’t need to run to the plane because there is rain but you are operating under a proper shield where all the requirement for international operation are available”.
He said the commission always carry out most of its pilgrimage activities in eight airports in the country which includes; Yola, Gombe, Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Uyo.
He commended Yola airport officials for the excellent service they have accorded the pilgrims in the past adding that the performance was 85% effective. He therefore urged them to make it up to 100% in the subsequent round of pilgrimage activities.
He called on the airport officials to see their services as call to serve Nigerians with the view to building and giving it a sense of belonging and hope to the younger generation.
He explained that younger generation are leaving the country in droves in search of greener pastures. He added that it behoves on the old ones to build the country and make it a destination of all eyes globally.
“I don’t wish to live in America, Europe or Israel because is a lazy man that lives on another man’s work. I think with our intelligences as a nation we should build our nation consciously, sacrificially and joyfully. America was built by somebody, Britain was built by somebody and Nigeria can be built by somebody and that somebody is you”, he stated.
Uja urged the service providers at the nation airports to see their assignments as a call to build a nation that the next generation can be proud that they have fathers.
He asked Nigerians who have served the country sacrificially in various capacity to keep faith with the country even if they did not get a commensurate reward in return.
He said that he has never bought a new car in his life even as Executive Secretary adding that he is contented and full of joy serving Nigeria and giving back to the nation the benefit of his wealth.
On his part, the Manager of Yola International Airport, Alhaji Adamu Sheikh promised to improve on their performance with the aim of giving the best service to the Nigerians and world at large.